Today’s guest blogger, Allie Boniface, grew up just about 60 miles south-east of where I currently live. Although to drive there, it would take me most of the day – mainly because most of those 60 miles are over Lake Ontario. Nowadays though she lives with her husband in the New York city suburbs and teaches high school English. Allie currently has three books out with Samhain, all of her “One Night” series.
If you’re a Facebook fan, you’ve surely been tagged on the “15 Favorite Books” note. The rules? Take no more than 15 minutes and list the 15 books that have had the greatest influence on you, or that have stayed with you years after reading them. Last week I finally sat down to come up with my list, and the results were interesting.
Since I was a lit major in college and graduate school, some of the so-called “classics” ended up on my list. But so did a few not-so-well-known books, along with some contemporary favorites. What didn’t were any romance novels, besides Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. And so I wondered why I ended up writing romance, when I never really read it.
Then I took a closer look at my list, and I realized that most of the 15 books have happy endings. More than that, they explore the human heart and human nature and the relationships people form with the world around them. And I thought, “Oh, okay. That makes sense.” Because those are the things I most like to explore in my own writing.
Yes, my novels fit into the contemporary romance genre, balancing ever-so-carefully on the edge of women’s fiction, as well. While I love writing about romance and sexual tension and, of course, creating a happy ending for my hero and heroine, I also find myself exploring the what and the why and the how people end up together, along with what they discover about themselves in the process.
What do your 15 (or 5, or 1) favorite books say about you? If you’re a writer, do you write in the same genre(s) you love to read, or something much different? Does it matter? Is your list a collection of many different genres?
Here are my favorites…wanna share some of yours?
- Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (Mark Haddon)
- Up a Road Slowly (Irene Hunt)
- It (Stephen King)
- Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
- The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
- The Pact (Jodi Picoult)
- Looking for Alaska (John Green)
- Alive (Piers Paul Read)
- Gone with the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
- The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
- The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
- To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
- The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
Oh, and since I like to help my guest authors get something back for being my guest, don’t forget to visit Samhain’s site, and take a look at–or if you feel inclined, and I hope you will be, buy–Allie’s latest book in her One Night series, One Night in Napa.
*Edited* Allie will be giving away a copy of her One Night in Napa, or any of her backlist, to one lucky commenter. So leave a comment and tell us what your favorite 15 books are!
Can anything really change in 24 hours? Can everything?
A One Night story.
Journalist Grant Walker has one chance to salvage his job and his relationship with his domineering father. Terrorists have kidnapped a fading film star’s son, and Grant has scored the first interview with the grieving mother. Even better, a new twist has just arrived on the scene—an illegitimate granddaughter who hasn’t been heard from in seven long years.
It’s the story of a lifetime, and all Grant has to do is deliver.
After discovering a terrible secret about her birth, Kira March left home vowing never to return. With her father kidnapped and her grandmother cracking under media pressure, it’s up to her to find and destroy all evidence of that secret. Trouble is, a reporter has weaseled his way into the house looking for answers—and he isn’t leaving until he gets them.
Yet as the hours pass, Kira finds herself falling for the very man who could destroy her. And when Grant comforts her in the wake of a midnight tragedy, he remembers why it’s a bad idea to get emotionally involved with an interview subject. Especially when the family name is on the line.
Warning: This title contains a hunky hero who thinks he knows it all, an unconventional heroine who’s out to prove him wrong, a ticking clock, family secrets, and enough sexual tension to heat every corner of an enormous mansion…especially when the power goes out.