Books That Have Meaning to Me
The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller by John Truby
This is probably the most important and influential book I have ever read. I have learned so much from John Truby's writing style and skills. While reading this, I filled the margins with notes and ideas that would later become part of my own writing. Mr. Truby's instructions and guidance helped me learn to weave a cogent story. Mr. Truby emphasizes the importance of a strong hero whose character develops throughout the story to move the heart of an audience. It is because of Mr. Truby's skillful counselling that the central character of Bartholomew becomes the storyteller within the main story as he shares with Alexander and Sarah all they must know to be in the land of Afala.
Lilith by George MacDonald
From George MacDonald, I have learned how to start into the fantasy fiction world and to allow myself to imagine the possibilities, like an immortal guardian and a unicorn who bestows upon him great responsibility. I was completely immersed in the labyrinth world that he created and could completely lose myself in the adventures of his characters.
The Complete Fairy Tales by George MacDonald
Curl up with some popcorn because these stories are just as exciting as any thriller you'll see on the big screen! George MacDonald has a bit of a darker edge in these stories, all while drawing the audience further and further in, just waiting to see what's around the next corner.
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
C.S. Lewis is undoubtedly one of my very favorite authors and his works have such deep meaning for my wife and myself. He has allowed our minds to soar to such great worlds and be completely lost in the possibilities. During deep and troubling times, there is no greater relief than a few moments in which to steal away into Narnia!
The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
By now, it's no surprise that I enjoy escaping into a character's journey as a reader. The descriptions of Hell and it's various levels made a profound impression upon me and I have returned to this book over and over in my life. Dante's writing has had a place both in my literary and moral growth.
Who's Who in Egyption Mythology by Robert Steven Bianchi
Ideas for characters in a story and how they can have a part to play in a book come from many souces. This book helped me develop those characters that would bring intrigue and suspense to the story line.
The Battle of Evernight by Cecilia Dart-Thornton
When I picked up this book it made me fall in love with the idea of writing Fantasy Fiction. The way in which the characters and the plot unfolded made my mind soar and I soon realized that it was possible to write about the impossible which is outside the realm of normal story telling. It made me want to write in such a way that my readers would be pulled inside the story as they were watching it happen right before their own eyes.
Scottish Myths & Legends by Judy Hamilton
This book helped me decide to set the book in Scotland. Having a Scottish wife and having lived in the UK for two years while attending seminary it was only natural to write about things and places like Glasgow and my wife’s home town of Neilston with its very own standing stone. The idea of a legend being woven into my storyline came from reading this book.