Care to share your own favorites?
LORILYN: I am laughing because we share similar favorites. I love C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. The first author that turned me on to Christian fantasy was Frank Peretti. Then I fell in love Randy Alcorn's fiction books. I suppose it was Randy who made me want to write fiction as I saw him weaving Christian themes into contemporary issues, like Down's Syndrome and abortion. I don't know why, but until then I thought that would be taboo - that no one would put controversial subjects like that in a Christian book. But his books have opened my eyes to possibilities yet unexplored in Christian writing.
I grew up reading science fiction and mystery, like Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time, and only in recent years have I given myself permission to indulge my childhood passion for fantasy once again. I suppose I spent too many years reading court transcripts as a court reporter. I keep telling myself all those years I took depositions (which I didn't enjoy) will show up in a book down the road. Who knows what kind of fantasy I might turn those stories into.
I also want to read novels by Ted Dekker and Michael Duncan - books by both are on my Kindle, as well as Malo Bel. New authors I have read in the last year that I enjoyed are Emma Right, Kevin Mark Smith, Michael J. Webb, and Martin Roth. Their books are in the Christian suspense/thriller category as well as fantasy.
I have never worried about copying the styles of other authors. But one person who read Seventh Dimension - The Door compared my writing to Australian fantasy author Isobelle Carmody, so I hope to read one of her books soon.
It's been great, Janalyn, having you visit the John 3:16 blog. I hope our readers will check out your books, which I highly recommend, with the links below.
Author Site for Janalyn Voigt: (author journals, travel journals, guest journals, and book news)