From as far as I can remember, I have always been fascinated by English writers, and more specifically by writers from the 18th and 19th century.
I read Alice in Wonderland when I was ten and, while my other classmates started to read romance novel (Harlequins) I was overwhelmed by Wurthering Heights at the age of twelve.
This situation did not help me at school because I bluntly refused to read French classics. I found them boring at best, painful most of the time.
When we were supposed to read Zola, Baudelaire and Rousseau, I yawned. Only Verne and Dumas could wake my interest. One was an anticipation writer, the other was very controversed at his time. Both not very like by my French teachers. What a shame.
I later fully understood why I did not enjoy French classics : story telling. English writers always seemed to mind the reader, not the French ones. Of course I was wrong, I just did not know enough of my own culture to make such a judgement.
The other factor that pushed me away from French classics was the way teachers presented them at school. Almost exactly like professor Keating in Dead Poets Society when he first talks about Shakespeare. Boring, Boring, repelling, very close to stupid in my teenaged eyes.
My get away writers at this time were and actually remain Austen, Brontë sisters, Dickens, Conan Doyle, Thackeray and Shakespeare.
My very own league of Extraordinary Story Tellers.
They made my heart beat faster, I missed bus stops because of them, tried to finish my terms early to get more time to read them, often chose them over going out and obviously get soaked in rhum shots (that was the fashion by then).
They still influence me to this day.
I’m a sucker for funny and very well written romance. Even if I do not read Chick lit on a regular basis, I do enjoy well written chick lit books and read them over and over to understand how their magic works.
As a writer, I find nothing more amusing than throwing obstacles and plagues at my characters. Sometimes I overdo it, I know.
Mystery, flawed characters, irreverence and wit catch me as soon as I see them. I humbly try to write them in my stories and It’s no wonder I’m a huge fan of Veronica Mars and Sherlock TV shows.
Anything Aaron Sorkin writes is also a sure hit by me, but I’ll talk about him later in a specific post.
Epic stories, blood shed, lives ruined tales of familles and lovers spanning years and continents.* Yes, it now includes Game of Thrones but also Robin Hobb’s books and, yes, JK Rowling’s Harry Potter (yet another English Writer).
* Of course this is a reference to Veronica Mars.