I’m an avid reader — when I have time to read. I’ve read an eclectic collection of genres from classics to thrillers to literary to children’s books. I learn a thing or two about writing from nearly every single book I read and it’s difficult for me to sit down and choose a favorite author. But I managed to do the impossible and have included valuable writing lessons I’ve acquired from their works way before I ever stepped foot a creative writing class.
Ann M. Martin
She was probably my favorite author in my childhood days. I couldn’t tell you how many Baby-Sitters Club books I devoured and how savvy I felt that I knew the ins-and-outs of high school while I was still in elementary school. (Little did I know that high school was a far more complicated place than what fiction made it seem.) Though I have never baby sat a child, I’m confident that I could put up with even the worse child. That said, Ann M. Martin taught me how to write a sentence beyond: The dog sat. My second grade teacher, Mrs. Ross, can confirm that. At one point in my elementary years (second or third grade, to be exact) I remember a student teacher who happened to be looking over my shoulder when I wrote a sentence that started with the word “but.” She chastised me that proper sentences didn’t start with “but” and one should never ever start a sentence with “but.” Ever. But because I actually read books, I knew that you could start sentences with the word “but” and even Ann M. Martin did it. Were those sentences less acceptable? I also knew that starting with “but” kept things interesting; I just didn’t know how to express that. I let her win the battle that day. But I didn’t let her win the war.
He’s had some hits and misses in his long writing career, but he knows how to write for an audience. I also love his similes and metaphors. They’re absolutely stunning and invoke such a sharp image in one’s mind. For example, in Frankenstein: Prodigal Son, he wrote, “Salamanders of torchlight crawled the iron-bound beams of the main gate and the surrounding brick walls,” as well as, “Like waxy stalagmites, yellow candles rose from golden holders, softly brightening the room.” I decided then and there that I wanted to write metaphors and similes that exuded a sharp image as well. I don’t feel like I’m quite there yet, but hopefully with more practice, I’ll be able to.
What’s a list of inspirational authors without J.K. Rowing? It’s exciting see her range of writing — I’m not sure if it was intentional or if she simply grew with her characters. Perhaps both. If one were to pick up Sorcerer’s Stone and compare it to Deathly Hallows, the tone is vastly darker and the writing is even intended for an older audience by the time one reaches Deathly Hallows. In the trilogy I’m currently working on, I’m hoping to do the same thing: with each book the tone should get darker while staying consistent with the voice I set in the first book. I also think she’s a valuable teacher when it comes to character. Everyone is so memorable and unique and chock full of personality in the vast world of Harry Potter. But besides her beautiful prose and well-rounded characters, the most inspirational thing she instilled upon me is that there’s a little bit of magic all around. Some of us have to look a little bit harder to see it, but it’s there.
THE CHOSEN: BOOK ONE
Kaia’s entire life has erupted in flames after an assassin appears and burns her village down.
She’s rescued by a god from another planet who requests her help because she’s the descendant of their last savior.
Together with Reeze — the only other survivor from her village and her appointed guardian — they set off on a quest to find the treasures of the gods in hopes of preventing a dire prophesy.
Kaia and Reeze quickly meet the Tueors, a group of people many thought extinct, who are searching specifically for Kaia.
Their intention: to protect the truth. As Kaia discovers more about the truth and her family’s past, she also learns of the Tueors’ bloody secret.
Will Kaia be the savior the gods have been waiting for? Or will she let the prophesy come true?
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About the Author:
A neek at heart, Sheenah Freitas has a love for the whimsical and magical. She looks to animated Disney movies and Studio Ghibli films for inspiration because of the innovative twists on fairytales, strong story structures and character studies.
When not writing, you might find her in a forest where she’s yet to find any enchanted castles.