Post copyright 2015 by Doris McCraw
As writing takes a bigger role in my life, I wondered where my influences come from. I’ve always loved telling stories, especially on stage. The actor in me loves bringing life to words on the page. As a writer, I want my words to come alive for my readers.
Upon further investigation, I realize there are so many that to name them all would be far longer than this post should be. In the interest of brevity I’ve limited it to either a book, or author that I still remember after all the years of reading.
The Black Stallion series by Walter Farley. It was one of the first series I read as a young girl. Of course who doesn’t love horses? This link will add more about the series, in the interest of brevity of course. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Black_Stallion
Phyllis Whitney was the next author of note that I started reading at about twelve years of age. It was her adult novels that captured my imagination and developed my love of mysteries. She along with Mary Stewart’s strong women characters and Merlin series, did much to add to the independent person my mother was raising me to be. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phyllis_A._Whitney https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Stewart_(novelist)
Later in life I started reading the work of Louis L’Amour and Dean Koontz. Both writers would spin a tales that read like you were hearing them speak. Their characters continue to live on in your life long after you put the book down. Watchers by Dean Koontz is still my favorite in that genre and Flint by Louis L’Amour I’ve read many times. Each time I read either of these books, I find something I missed the first time.
The book that I still remember like it was yesterday, which I read shortly after arriving in Colorado is Calico Palace by Gwen Bristow. It introduced me to the West and how history would add so much to a story. If you get a chance, read it! https://historicalnovelsociety.org/reviews/calico-palace/
I could not write a post about influences if I didn’t include Marcus Aurelius and Alfred, Lord Tennyson: http://www.biography.com/people/marcus-aurelius-9192657 , http://www.iep.utm.edu/marcus/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred,_Lord_Tennyson. Their works and thoughts are another source of reading for me.
Finally, I must include Helen (Hunt) Jackson. Her poetry, essays, novels and life have become so much a part of me, I do believe I might be much less had I not started reading and studying this author. I have written of Helen and shared her work with you on the post in the past and will probably continue to do so in the future.
So when you read my haiku, my novels and my non fiction writing, you will see and probably feel the influence of the above authors along with many others I didn’t have room to mention. We all are what we experience, whether as ourselves or through the words of others. I am thankful for the works of such amazing people along with that of my mother and father and their parents. Although most have already passed from this world, their influence is still strongly felt by myself and I would add others also.
Originally from the mid-west, Doris now calls the Rocky Mountains her home. Doris is a writer, historian, actor,and teacher. An avid reader Doris loves to spend time in history archives looking for the small, unknown pieces of history. Many times these pieces end up in her stories or poems.
A photographer, Doris also writes haiku and combines them with her photography.
In here spare time she writes/casts and performs with a local murder mystery company.
“NEVER HAD A CHANCE” , second in the Agate Gulch stories, in the Prairie Rose Publications “A COWBOY CELEBRATION” anthology http://amzn.to/1GzwJhw
HOME FOR HIS HEART the first in the Agate Gulch stories. http://amzn.to/1GJhpSu
Author Page: http://amzn.to/1I0YoeL