Julie Kagawa is the best-selling author of the Iron Fey series – the latest installment of which (The Iron Knight) is out now in the UK. I asked her what authors and books inspired her to become an author in her own right, and here’s what she had to say! (BTW, Julie? Your teenage years sound an awful lot like mine!)
In middle school and all the way through high school, all I did was read. I read on the way to class, I read after class, I read in class with novels hidden behind my textbooks (my teachers were not appreciative of this).
And while many of the books and authors sort of blended together in that time (I read nothing but fantasy), a couple do stand out as books that have influenced me as a reader and an author. One was The Scions of Shannara series by Terry Brooks. It had all the essential fantasy plotlines: a great, stirring evil, a band of unlikely heroes, a race to save the world. But what I remembered most about the series were the characters, particularly one character’s storyline where he fell in love with a mysterious girl, journeyed with her to stop a rising evil and, as she had been sent to do from the start, watched her sacrifice herself in the end to save them all.
Readers of my books and blog know my love of Ultimate Noble Sacrifice endings. Well, I think it began right here, with Morgan Leah and Quickening, and their star-crossed love story. I remember thinking, while tears were pouring down my face, that I wanted to do this someday; write a novel with characters that could make you laugh, fall in love with them, and sob your heart out. So, thank you, Mr. Brooks, for your wonderful series and characters, and for making me cry at beautiful, tragic love stories. I only hope my characters can inspire the same. 🙂