July 22, 2014

Favorite Authors' Favorites

Welcome to my new feature all about author favorites. A feature I like to call Fave-A-Fave. One thing I really love about the internet is the access it gives us to authors. Heck, I’m a fangirl and I’m not afraid to admit it, and I LOVE to be able to help readers get to know their favorite authors as well as discover new ones.

When I put the call out to authors to answer my ‘Favorites’ questions, I didn’t expect for my to-read list to grow so fast. Grab a pen and paper, or log onto Goodreads, because more than likely you’ll find a title or two to add to your very own list. Please visit the authors’ websites and browse their work. Be sure to come back weekly to learn more about other awesome authors!


First I asked authors to share with us some of their favorite young adult fantasy books.

The Host by Stephanie Meyers. I loved this book. It’s a different spin on Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Big difference is that Stephanie does an amazing job of having two main characters in the same body, providing an inside look at the aliens. It has suspense, a little romance, and invokes deep thought about how good and bad our ‘human’ instincts can be, especially when survival of our race is at stake. -Ruth Colter (Ruth writes lite sci-fi suspense fiction with strong female characters.)

This one is really hard for me, because there are so many great dystopian books I’ve enjoyed, but I’m going to say the Chaos Walking trilogy (The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer, Monsters of Men) by Patrick Ness. I thought they were smart, thought provoking, and discussion provoking, all while being addicting page-turners. –Shel Delisle (Shel writes light fiction for teens.)

The Hunger Games. The first was given to me on a dare to give this a try since I normally don’t read those types of books. I ate all three books up in less than a week. –Angela Smith (Angela writes romance novels in an attempt to solve love’s mystery, where happy-ever-afters are a given and characters seek adventure.)

I also asked authors what the scariest book they’ve read is. For me it's probably The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson. I read it in my early teen years and I was alone in our big house a lot. At night. It scared the bejeebies out of me!

PET SEMATARY by Stephen King. Graveyards are scary enough, but supernatural graveyards are shivery. –Beverly Stowe McClure (Beverly writes fiction for children and teens.)

Either Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, or Fear Nothing by Dean Koontz. Koontz brings the scary like a boss. The Scary Story collection is one I read with all my Elementary school friends and the stories are with me to this day. –Crystal Collier (Crystal writes fantastic genre mash-ups for teens and young (even if only at heart) women. There may even be cheese involved. Or not.)

I have read a lot of frightening books in my time. Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and John Saul have all done noble jobs of chilling my bones and making the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. Among all these tombs of doom I think It, by Mr. King, did the most thorough job of scaring the beezus out of me. I read that one about three times during my ‘tween and teen years an each time I made a wide berth of storm drains and manhole covers for weeks. -Deek Rhew (Deek is an adult thriller author.) 



10 comments:

  1. I like your new Fave-A-Fave feature. Stephen King's Pet Sematary and IT scared me too!

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    1. Thanks, Susanne! I always consider it bonus when I have fun preparing a feature and this one is loads of fun for me.

      IT scared me a lot too! I haven't read P.S. One of those titles I have to add to my to-read list.

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    2. Kai, your new Fave-A-Fave is brilliant. I've added the Chaos Trilogy to my 'must read' list.

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    3. Thanks Ruth! I love hearing what books inspire authors, so I figured others would enjoy it too. I added Chaos Trilogy as well.

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  2. This is a fun idea. There's so much good fantasy out there. Dean Koontz and Stephen King are the kings of spooky, in my book. Koontz's Odd Thomas series is good.I thought of the Lemony Snicket series too. It should be interesting to learn of more books. Thanks for including me, Kai.

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    1. Beverly--I ADORE Odd Thomas. Did you see he's got a movie out? We had to see it opening night. Very well done.

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    2. Yes, Crystal. I haven't seen the movie but added it to my wish list on Amazon when it comes out. Odd is such a neat character. Glad to hear it's a good one.

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    3. I love Koontz. I read The Watchers when I lived in Orange County. It was so cool to know the setting in the book. I haven't found the book since!

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  3. Koontz scares me! Which is crazy, because I love Stephen King and John Saul. Maybe it was just my mood at the time, but I never tried again. Maybe it's time to give him another try. Thanks for the list! It was fun.

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    1. Thanks for your contribution to the list, Angela. Good of you to stop by.

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