My Early Influences #2: Patrica A. McKillip

01 Apr

Although there are many authors from the 80s who I would love to be compared to, (like Charles de Lint, Patricia C. Wrede, Sherri S. Tepper, or anyone from the Fourthe Street Fantasy group), there is one author whose early books stand out as the pinnacle of “I wish I could have written that.”

Patricia A. McKillip’s Riddlemaster of Hed series, The Changeling Sea, and The Forgotten Beasts of Eld have the perfect combination of plot, angst, mystery, love and humor. They are books I can read over and over again. In fact, the characters in these books feel more like friends I go visit than mere words on a page.

While McKillip later drifted into the realm of too lyrical for me, these books (written in the late 70s to late 80s), made me dream of being a writer. I have studied these books in detail, counting words, plotting out the actions, tracing the emotional arcs, hunting down foreshadows and generally marveling in the completeness of the worldbuilding.

When I left Canada to move to Spain, I allowed myslf one shelf of books, and these five books had to come with me.

In future psts I will talk about the other books that crossed the Atlantic with me, but in the meantime, go check out these books which unfortunately are not still in print, nor available in ebook format, but most online stores do have secondhand copies for sale.

Also, go check out the Merry-Go-Round blog tour to find out who has influenced other authors/members of Forward Motion Writers, starting with Erin M. Hartshorn tomorrow.


Posted by on April 1, 2012 in Book Reviews, General Babblery


2 responses to “My Early Influences #2: Patrica A. McKillip

  1. Erin M. Hartshorn

    April 1, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Oooh, yes. I love that series! Must find a copy for my son. I think we have the first two books . . .

  2. LJCohen

    April 10, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Sublime! I must have read the Riddlemaster series at least 20 times. McKillip’s writing really speaks to me. Nice to find another fan!


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