Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Guest Post: "Authors I Can't Write Without!" by Teri Harman, Author of Blood Moon and Black Moon!

You guys remember that rave review I did for Blood Moon? Well guess what? Teri Harman is BACK with the second novel in her Bloodlight Trilogy, Black Moon! And today she's taking over the Cosmic Laire to talk about the authors who've inspired her.

The bridge is yours, Teri. Don't run into that asteroid belt!

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I am a story addict. I am addicted to reading. It is my love of reading that helped shape my love of writing. It’s symbiotic in some ways: I suck all the greatness from my favorite writers, nourishing my ability to put words on the page.

These are some of the authors that inspire me, that make me want to try harder in my writing. That make me better.
Roald Dahl

Such imagination! Roald Dahl taught me to twist and turn the normal into the bizarre. To stretch my creativity to mold ideas into stories that feel fresh and yet familiar in all the right ways. Favorite titles: ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ ‘Matilda,’ and ‘Tales of the Unexpected.’
Kate Morton

Beautiful, intoxicating words. Kate Morton’s writing is so amazing – her descriptions, her solid plots, her gothic sense of place. I devour her books and always want to run to the computer when I’m done. Favorite titles: ‘The Forgotten Garden,’ and ‘The Secret Keeper.’

Sarah Addison Allen

Sarah does steamy romance and magic realism so well. Her books are magical and her characters authentic. I love her stories and want mine to be as absorbing. Favorite titles: ‘The Sugar Queen,’ and ‘Garden Spells.’
Sue Monk Kidd

The queen of emotional narratives that you never forget. I want to write as honest and deep as Sue does. She captures characters and how they feel in every situation so perfectly. That is not easy. Favorite titles: ‘The Secret Life of Bees’ and ‘The Invention of Wings.’

Which authors inspire you?

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For more about Teri Harman and her books, including BLACK MOON, the sequel to BLOOD MOON, which Kirkus Reviews calls ‘unusual and absorbing,’ check out these links!

Having met Teri personally, she's a fabulous person and an even better writer. As if my reading list wasn't big enough. But I'm committed. I gotta know what happens to Willa! 

I'm David, and who invited these witches on the bridge?


  1. Thanks for highlighting Teri Harmon. I'm excited to explore her books now.

  2. Congratulations on your second book, Teri! Reading Douglas and Preston spur me to want to write better.

  3. I have to check out Teri's work. Love her list of authors that inspired.

  4. Oh, Roald Dahl! An amazing story teller. Everyone else in Teri's list is new to me, but certainly look great- I'll have to check them out.

  5. I know tons of my friends are friends with Teri. And I've seen her work around forever--I definitely need to check her out!

  6. There are so many authors that inspire others to write. It's amazing. We should have a bloghop where everyone talks about the authors that helped them become writers.

  7. I invited them David. I have convened a secret meeting to discuss my latest writing venture. Speaking of which, witch #1 transport David home. No! Do not turn him into a frog. Geesh, witches I tell you.

    Anyway I haven't read Teri's books yet but I am excited when more talented writers enter the fold. My big look up to is J.K. Rowling. Not only because of how many books she sold but all the challenges she surpassed and that the fact that she proves you can write well without using long confusing prose to do so. I love you confusingly beautiful writing goddesses but that kind of writing isn't my style.

  8. I have only heard of Rohald Dahl and have been meaning to read some of his books, I will have to look up everyone else now too. I am always on the hunt for good stories. Especially ones that change how we see the world and inspiring writing, those are always the best.

  9. David, I'm finally making rounds after my trip to the mainland. Thanks for stopping over for IWSG earlier this month.
    Teri, thanks for sharing info on some of your favorite authors. Blue Moon and Black Moon both sound great. I'll check them out.