Sci-fi/fantasy author Sharon Lee has declared June 23rd Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers Day. As she puts it:
"So! In my Official Capacity as a writer of science fiction and fantasy, I hereby proclaim June 23 Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Day! A day of celebration and wonder! A day for all of us readers of science fiction and fantasy to reach out and say thank you to our favorite writers. A day, perhaps, to blog about our favorite sf/f writers. A day to reflect upon how written science fiction and fantasy has changed your life."I think this is a wonderful idea, since it was discovering this genre that opened my eyes to the wonderful world of books!
Let me start from the beginning. I was raised thinking the kind of books you should read are authors like Stephen King and Dean Koontz, horror, suspense thriller. And I did. I tried a few different books. One I remember was Dew Claws...yeah, that sounds real nice for a young one to read! NOT! The Rocking Horse was another. Creepy, creepy cover on that one. I read a few Stephen King's and Dean Koontz, but I just hated them, so I hated reading!!
But then, my wonderful, lovely neighbor, Barb, at the apartment we lived in for five years, introduced me to Anne Rice! I read her Mayfair Witches in record time! I attempted to read the Vampire Chronicles, but wasn't feeling them. So for awhile I didn't read much. But then I discovered the fantabulous world of Harry Potter! Thank goodness I bought the wrong book for my step-son one year for Christmas! I bought the first instead of the third. I decided to keep it rather than take it back. It looked fun. One day I decided to read it, because Barb kept talking about how great it was! So I did and the rest is history! Imma Harry Potter junkie!! :P
A few years later, when my son started Kindergarten, I was browsing the books at the grocery store and happened across the last book in Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, Blood Canticle. I picked it up and was just ecstatic that she meshed the Vampire world with her witch world!! I read that one and immediately went to the bookstore to start the Vampire Chronicles from the beginning. Once I finished those I didn't know where to turn next for books. So I asked the sales lady and she steered me in the direction of the Fantasy/Sci.Fi. section and holy shit!! I was in Heaven, Baby!! I discovered some amazing and brilliant writers. Some of them I'm not sure I could read and enjoy today, but at the time, I thought they were just out of this world amazing!!
One of them of course is the ubber talented, Anne Bishop! Most of you know, I have alot of love for that woman's books!! For me, it doesn't get much better than her :D. She is just amazing. A few other's that will remain on my keeper shelf is Elizabeth Haydon, Carol Berg, James Clemens, Lynn Flewelling, and Storm Constantine.
After reading Elizabeth Haydon's symphony trilogy, and experiencing the romance that was in it, I wondered what a true romance would be like! And that is where Fantasy and Science Fiction changed my life!! Who knows, without it, I may never have attempted a romance. And if I never attempted a romance, I would never have started blogging. And if I never started blogging I never would have met any of you awesome people!! Oh what a boring life I would have lived for the past 4 years!!
So the Fantasy genre really did change my life! And I love it!
I'm always on the look-out for fantasy romance. It calls to me! Since I started reading romance, I find it difficult to stay with a fantasy that doens't have any romantic elements in it. It seems lately, I've had some really great luck! A few that I have read recently that I thought were simply outstanding were Dru Pagliassotti (Clockwork Heart), Elizabeth Vaughan (The Warlands Trilogy), Pati Nagle (The Betrayal).
My thanks to ALL the fabulous Fantasy and SciFi Writers out there!! You have brought many exciting-filled days of reading into my life and I am extremely grateful.