My Literary Influences

If you’ve been stopping by regularly (and if you haven’t, why not?) then you’ll know that the Dirty Birdies theme for this month is books that have influenced us. Like the others, I’ve always loved reading and borrowed pretty much every book on the shelf from my primary school class, a habit that continued right up until University, where I started collecting quite the library myself.

So I guess I’ve got several influences. The books I read:

  • That made me love reading so much, when then in turn made me love writing.
  • That made me want to write for publication.
  • That made me want to write in my chosen genre.

The books that made me love reading so much (that I remember, anyway) are the Enid Blyton books. I didn’t read all of the series, just the ones I could get my hands on, but I do remember loving them. The wonderful adventures and things that happened captured my childish imagination and made me into a voracious reader. My parents would always describe me as always having my head in a book. They didn’t read themselves so clearly didn’t get it. But honestly, it never bothered me. I was too busy daydreaming about adventures.

The books that made me want to write for publication were probably also the Enid Blyton titles. But of course as a child you think that anything you want to do is possible. It wasn’t until I got older that I realised it would take more than declaring myself an author for me to make a living. And so the dream was forgotten for a while until I ended up at University doing a degree in Creative Writing because I still didn’t know what I wanted to do as a career. I ended up working in PR & Marketing, but not before I’d been dared to write an erotic story. The seed was sown (if you’ll pardon the pun) in the University cafeteria, and the rest is history!

Following said dare, I started looking into erotic fiction and reading books and magazines. The first publisher I cottoned on to was Black Lace, and I read several of Portia Da Costa‘s titles, amongst others. It was Portia and other writers of her stature that made me realise how much fun you could have writing in the erotica and erotic romance genre, and I continued to write, while reading as many naughty books as I could get my hands on.

Off the ShelfI think (hope) that my writing has improved over the past few years and I’m gradually making my way from short stories to novellas, and then my next challenge… the novel. So to the influences I’ve named, the influences I haven’t, and the ones I don’t remember as they’re so far in the past, thank you. I’m having loads of fun with my imagination and my laptop and I just hope people enjoy reading my stuff.

P.S. If you’re looking for an erotic romance read for the weekend, my novella Off the Shelf is currently FREE on Amazon UK and Amazon US. So grab your copy and enjoy! :)

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