I have always been a reader even at a young age. My first love has always been horror, as I devoured the Goosebumps and Point Horror books. When I finished those I moved on to Stephen King. King has a way of sucking you into his books and I was hooked. I love characters who are real, warts and all. They make mistakes, they choose the wrong path, but they are relatable. While I may have read King much too young, it made me a lifelong fan. I love the scope of his books and the fact that he has created his own shared world.
Horror may be my first love, but I do read many different genres. I am a huge fan of Meg Cabot. I love her dialogue and the way it flows.
In the early 2000s, I discovered Kelley Armstrong and fell in love with urban fantasy. It felt like I had finally found my genre, a world that blended horror and the real world together. The idea that supernatural beings could exist and live alongside humans without them knowing is a fun idea that can be written in so many different ways.
These authors will always be an inspiration to me and while I will never be as good as they are, I think we have a lot to learn from the experts. Read extensively in your genre and you will soon see trends, ideas, and tropes that flow through all of them. You don't need to reinvent the wheel, simply make the work your own, while appealing to an audience eager for more.
About the Author:
S. K. Gregory is an author, editor and blogger. She currently resides in Northern Ireland.
“Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.”