During the April A-Z Challenge, I’m posting six days a week, following the letters of the alphabet. I will share all the movies, books and games I watched, read and played--all the influences that turned me into the geeky person and writer I am today.
Ice Station by Matthew Riley (1998):
This thriller infuriated me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved it, and still do. While this highly successful Australian author may not go for the pretty writing, he knows how to write a fast-paced, on-the-edge-of-your-seat story that’s engaging from start to finish. My inner editor was the one who got all riled up. So many times Riley repeated, “And then, right at that moment…” Gah! Enough already! Riley worked hard for his dream. He was one of the first pioneers who decided to self-publish and he did it successfully. His hard work promoting his work and cold canvasing every bookstore caught the attention of a big publisher. The rest is history. Good on ya, Matthew!
In the Red Lord's Reach by Phyllis Eisenstein (1989):
I’ll be surprised if anyone knows this book, though I secretly hope someone will recognise it and tell me they liked it as much as I did. Whenever I’m asked what super power I’d like most, I answer teleportation. This novel is about a character with this ability, though I wouldn’t classify this as a superhero story. It’s pure fantasy. Not an epic fantasy, which was so common for fantasies written at that time.
Indiana Jones (1981): These movies, in particular Raiders of the Lost Ark, gave me brief aspirations to become an archaeologist—until I discovered the profession was more about scrabbling around in the dust and old texts, than about outsmarting cool traps to win the shiny rewards. Harrison Ford brought the character of Indy alive.
Which super power would you choose for yourself if you could? Fictional or real, who is your superhero?