I started reading when I was four years old. I was always fascinated by books like The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, and Grimm’s fairy tales. A part of me always believed that magic was real. That part is still with me. And that part fell in love with fantasy novels.Then my father took me to see Star Wars and I *so* wanted to be Princess Leia. Me and about 4 million other girls/women, many of whom still dress like her at Comic-con today.

I wandered into Harlequin romances in my teen years. Mostly because my mother and I would spend one afternoon a week in the used bookstore and they had a huge collection of romances. And I was a teenager. A dreamy teenager. Oh! That is when Fabio showed up on book covers. There wasn’t anyone who compared to his overly large pecks (Moobs) and long flowy hair where I grew up. Man, the fantasies I had.

 

Then I hit adulthood and got a hold of Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Seeing her vision of Arthurian legend from the view of women enthralled me. I still have that book and it’s moved with me 9 different times. I did love the movie but as is usually the case, the book was much better.

I read all of the MYTH series of books by Robert Asprin.  The three book series by Esther Friesner (Gnome Man’s Land, Harpy High, Unicorn U) made me see the wonder in the humorous fantasy tale and I was hooked. Gnome Man’s Land is the first time I can remember laughing out loud at a book. I laughed so hard I had to put the book down and gather myself before I continued.

Today I keep up with the Hollows series by Kim Harrison, the Esther Diamond series by Laura Resnick, the Gin Blanco Series by Jennifer Estep, the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong, the Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series by Julie Kenner, and the demon series by S.L. Wright. And I love anything Molly Harper writes.

What are your favorite series of books that influenced you? I would love to hear them.

Graylin