Happy Monday! Before I get to blogging away, I want to thank you for hosting me today on your blog.
I was charged with the task of creating a Top Tens list. I rummaged through my mind for quite a bit on what to base my list on…Top Ten Junk Food Snacks I Eat but Shouldn’t…Top Ten Pop Songs I am Embarrassed to Know All the Words to… but finally settled on
Top Ten Five Inspirations for this Science Fiction Writer:
1) LOST – Only one of the greatest science fiction shows of all time, LOST not only studied things that any science fiction fan would jump for, but, more importantly, made characters the true focus of its narratives. That’s why LOST was the science fiction show for people who didn’t know they loved science fiction. Sucking viewers in with their colorful and ever-changing characters, LOST conformed generations of non-science fiction nerds into card carrying members.
2) Stephen King’s The Stand – Set in a world devastated by plague, this is one of the greatest books I have ever read. An old fashioned tale of good v evil, the novel poses the question —what do we do when civilization falls apart?
3) The Music of Michael Giacchino – I am a sucker for a good score, and this man is a genius. The man behind the scores to LOST, ALIAS, and Star Trek (newest versions), has rocked my world. Played often in my car, his works had allowed my mind to wander to whole new worlds, explore life-changing moments, and create new stories for my readers. He is as much of a creator of the story as any writer he works with.
4) Old School Dystopians: Lowry’s The Giver and Orwell’s 1984 are two old school dystopians that really affected me as a young reader. While Hunger Games ushered in a new slew of dystopians to the YA genre, these two novels challenged my mind and made me question the world around me. I never thought that I would write my own dystopian series back when I read these novels; I just didn’t know how big their influence was.
5) The Work of Joss Whedon: Responsible for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and FireFly, Whedon was not afraid to fill his works with dark, damaged characters. Neither entirely good nor entirely evil, his characters encompassed all aspects of what it meant to be human( sometimes using characters that weren’t human at all).
Yes, I know this was supposed to be a top tens list, but these five things have really had the most influence on my life as a science fiction writer. If you haven’t checked them out, I hope you will.
The Lost Souls Series Book Two
Young Adult Paranormal
Ripped away from those she loves most, Tess is heartbroken as her small band of travelers reaches the Isolationist camp in the mysterious and barren Middlelands. Desperate to be reunited with James, the forbidden chosen one who stole her heart, she wants nothing to do with the rough Isolationists, who are without allegiance in the war between the Westerners and Easterners. But having their protection, especially for someone as powerful as Tess, may come at a cost.
When James returns, Tess’s world once again feels complete—until she discovers her sister, Louisa, has taken up her old post at Templeton, the dangerous chosen ones training center and the site of Tess’s loss of innocence. Tess will do anything to protect her loved ones—but will the price be more than she can give?
This second book in Tiffany Truitt’s dystopian series is a thought-provoking, thrilling story that asks who the true enemy really is—the chosen ones who are different, or the naturals…who are just like us.
Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Naturals-Tiffany-Truitt/9781620611470
Tiffany Truitt was born in Peoria, Illinois. A self-proclaimed Navy brat, Tiffany spent most of her childhood living in Virginia, but don’t call her a Southerner. She also spent a few years living in Cuba. Since her time on the island of one McDonalds and Banana Rats (don’t ask), she has been obsessed with traveling. Tiffany recently added China to her list of travels (hello inspiration for a new book).
Besides traveling, Tiffany has always been an avid reader. Tiffany spent most of her high school and college career as a literary snob. She refused to read anything considered “low brow” or outside the “classics.”
Tiffany began teaching middle school in 2006. Her students introduced her to the wide, wonderful world of Young Adult literature. Today, Tiffany embraces popular Young Adult literature and uses it in her classroom. Tiffany is proud to call herself an educator and Young Adult author.
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