You know how you read a book sometimes, and while the writing is brilliant, it just doesn’t “speak” to you in the way other writing does?
I like to consider myself a writer. An aspiring author, but still technically a writer, so when I pick up a new book, the writing is the first thing I notice – the tense, the POV, the style… I can tell within the first few pages if the author has a style that I like. And most of the time, that means they have a style that (I like to think) is a little like mine.
This topic popped into my head last night while I was re-reading Backstage Pass which is the first book in the Sinners on Tour series by Olivia Cunning. While the story isn’t anything I’d ever write, I love her writing. It flows so easily and you can just devour it.
Which got me thinking about other authors whose writing I admire. And from the top of my head I can come up with three:
1. Richelle Mead and her writing in the Vampire Academy series, particularly the first three books. It’s so easy to fall into her world and Rose and Dimitri are such solid characters.
2. Olivia Cunning as mentioned above. Wow. Despite her novels being 80% sex, her characters fly off the page. They are so real and well developed.
3. Stephanie Perkins and her writing in Anna and the French Kiss. What an amazing story. Once again, just like Richelle and Olivia, Stephanie has a gift for creating characters that come to life.
All of these authors write in a style that I really like. It’s quick, engaging and the sort of writing you can just fly through. Light and entertaining and most importantly, the characters are amazing. So maybe I value characters I can love above all else.
Whose writing do you most admire?