15 in 15: Influences

May 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

One of those Facebook things is making the rounds and since it’s on the topic of influences, it seemed an eminently suitable thing to repost.  It’s not just that I’m lazy/busy.  No indeed. 1. Fairy Tales 2. The Incredible Journey 3. Andre Norton 4. Peter O’Donnell 5. Tanith Lee 6. C.J. Cherryh 7. Shirley Jackson […]

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Cats, talking and otherwise.

December 21st, 2012 · No Comments

No, I’m not going to talk about my cats (of which I currently have none). I’m not going to talk about other people’s cats (much as I am fond of them). This is the next installment of “Influences” so I’m going to talk about books about cats and about writing about cats. As a child, […]

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Modesty Blaise

November 8th, 2012 · No Comments

By rights, Modesty Blaise should come much later in the influence sequence, but a friend mentioned this series the other day, which sent me back to reread the first two. I think the second of the series (Sabre-Tooth) made it’s way into our house in one of the boxes of books that my Dad brought […]

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Evil Queens and Wicked Fairies

September 3rd, 2012 · 2 Comments

One of my earliest reading obsessions – and on that has a had an ongoing influence on my writing – is fairy tales. My family had two collections that contained the classic stories, along with some more obscure tales, and while I can’t remember the titles, I can still see the illustrations clearly. I’m still […]

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July 21st, 2012 · 3 Comments

I was thinking about the early influences that have informed my reading and writing choices and shaped the kind of art I love so I’ll be posting on that topic over the next while. My official bio always said “Nancy blames her love of horror on the first horror story she read – “The Tale […]

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