READER FRIDAY: Who or What Inspired You to Become a Writer?

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Share the story about how you became an author. Who or what inspired you?

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Bestselling, critically-acclaimed author Jordan Dane’s gritty thrillers are ripped from the headlines with vivid settings, intrigue, and dark humor. Publishers Weekly compared her intense novels to Lisa Jackson, Lisa Gardner, and Tami Hoag, naming her debut novel NO ONE HEARD HER SCREAM as Best Books of 2008. She is the author of young-adult novels written for Harlequin Teen, the Sweet Justice thriller series for HarperCollins., and the Ryker Townsend FBI psychic profiler series, Mercer's War vigilante novellas, and the upcoming Trinity LeDoux bounty hunter novels set in New Orleans. Jordan shares her Texas residence with two lucky rescue dogs. To keep up with new releases & exclusive giveaways, click HERE

33 thoughts on “READER FRIDAY: Who or What Inspired You to Become a Writer?

  1. Jordan, thank you so much for asking this question. 🙂
    Becoming a reading addict did it for me.
    And an immense curiosity whether I could do it to.
    It resulted first in blog writing, and then a story kept on coming up again and again. I pushed it away, thinking it was a sad one. Then I found there the following words in the book “Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within” by Natalie Goldberg:
    “Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.”

    These words, and having written a short story with a few other looming in my head, set a bug, which I could not get rid of. So I started writing my first book and with accidentally finding a wonderful cheerleader along the way I finished and self-published it.
    And not I am writing my sixth work of fiction and a few non-fiction in progress.
    No healing for me here. 😉

    • I love hearing about the light bulb moment that triggered the passion in writers. For me it was hearing a motivational speaker say he wrote his non-fiction book doing it a page a day. Those who are truly meant to write are moved sometimes by the slightest provocation because, whether we know it or not, we are looking for that nudge that will change our lives. After that it’s a personal journey that’s not easy but fewer still never finish s book. Kudos to you, Victoria. Thanks for sharing your story. Perhaps someone reading your comment will see their own light bulb flick on.

  2. In my early twenties I had a wild live-in boyfriend. Great guy, but not easily tamed. Or should I say trained? Anyway, rather than arguing about something that was bothering me, I started writing children’s stories to make my point, and I’d leave them on the kitchen table for when he walked through the door. Worked like a charm. During those years I must’ve written dozens of stories before I smartened up, but it did lead to me focusing my efforts on my true passion…crime fiction.

  3. Jordan, I’d practiced medicine for well over three decades, and had no notion of non-medical writing. But my struggles to craft a book after the death of my first wife led not only to the non-fiction book, The Tender Scar: Life After The Death Of A Spouse, but to my accepting the challenge of a guy named James Scott Bell to try my hand at fiction. Four novels, four years, and forty rejections later, I was on my way. Thanks for asking.

  4. Well, there was this junior college (they called it in those days) English instructor who told me that, although I did have a gift for gab, I’d never be a writer.

    Every day and in every way, I prove what a fool she was.

  5. Miss Gentry, my eighth grade teacher.
    I was floundering in school in those days and she was very kind to me. We had to write short stories in her class. Mine was called “The Transformation of Robbie.” I don’t remember what it was about, except it was set in London because I was obsessed with The Beatles. I got an A on it and she told me, “You should be a writer.”

    I dedicated my first book to her. I also tracked her down after she retired and wrote her a letter to thank her. So glad I did, as she died soon after.

    • I tracked down a beloved teacher of mine, who inspired me. She was moved to tears. I’m so glad you connected in such a wonderful way with your teacher, Kris.

  6. I grew up in a tiny, remote town in California’s Sierra mountains and attended a one room school with my mother as the only teacher. The weekly arrival of books from the county’s library system was the highlight for me. Between reading mostly boys’ fiction and my imagination, the seed was planted. I’ve made a career out of writing with at least 50 fiction books/novellas published and no way to quit because I have no other marketable skills.
    Even more to the point, I was deeply influenced by my grandfather Homer Eon Flindt who wrote for the pulp magazines as Flint before he was murdered when my mother was six. I felt honored to have his published and unpublished material in my possession and to have written his biography. Grandfather Lost has been e-published along with all of his work. I also turned much of my collection over to the University of Kansas’ research library.

  7. Photography. I learned to tell stories with my pictures. Then my stories took over and were too complicated, so I had to write them down. My inspirations were Patricia Highsmith, Jim Thompson, Cornell Woolrich, and a library full of science fictions books. Mysterythrillersuspense in the dark caught my attention. Recently, I’ve discovered to joy of lighter fare. I’m trying my hand at romantic suspense. I’m enjoying reading Sandra Brown, Liz Jackson, and JD Robb.

  8. My folks were my inspiration. My dad was the best storyteller I’ve ever known. (No surprise there. Bet a lot of people are saying that.) He had a bedtime story for us every night. When each of his eight kids turned five he sat us on his lap and taught us to read phonetically. We couldn’t wait to get up to complete the lessons, because then we’d get our very own library card. He and mom made regular library trips a part of the schedule. When I was seven I got the mumps and had to sit quietly on the sofa all day for a week. Mom got me interested in reading the encyclopedia and I acquired a rather wide ranging, eclectic collection of facts that made me an oddity among second graders. I’m a pretty good storyteller (amateur actor) but a few years before dad died I was listening to him tell a story and was shocked to realize that everything in my raconteur arsenal – inflections, voice, even hand gestures – I’d gotten from him. But he was better at it.
    No real surpise, right? You tell kids and show them that something is important, you raise them to value it, and they pick it up.

  9. My mother taught me to read at a very early age, well before schools caught me. And I fell into reading like a coke addict into snow. By the time I was in college, I wanted desperately to be able to write in such a way that others would fall into the story and never rise to the surface until ‘The End’. The older I get and the more I write, the harder it is to achieve that total immersion in someone’s work, but when it happens, it’s profound. And that’s what keeps my nose to the screen.

  10. Isaac Asimov
    Ray Bradbury
    Richard Brautigan
    Dr. Seuss

    And my dad, who, though an aviator by paycheck, always had something in the works~ poetry, short stories, magazine articles, at least two finished novels and a huge historical novel-in-progress (I’m still sorting through boxes of research I’d like to organize and finish for him).

    And like like Mr. Bell, the Gospel According to Alfred E. Newman (MAD Magazine)

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