In most blog tours, a single author appears on a variety of blogs, moving around the Internet and allowing the readers of those blogs get to know the author.

In the Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour, the authors stay on their blogs and it's you, the reader, who takes the tour.

Each month, our participating authors from around the world agree to blog on a single topic throughout the month. By following the links in each month's post, you'll discover a whole bunch of new authors in a variety of genres, levels of experience, and styles of writing.

We hope you enjoy the trip and come back each month for a new spin around the globe.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Not One, But Many

I cried and laughed alongside some of the best books, tossed some against walls for being empty and picked some up again and again wishing the hero do as I bid. Read more at The Literary Hub

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I Gotta Be Me...

So in this month’s Merry-Go-Round blog post we were asked to talk about who influenced us as a writer. Next to that, in parenthesis, it said: (i.e. who would you like to be compared to?) When I was a teenager back in the late 80′s the answer would have been, hands down, David Eddings. I idolized David Eddings. But that’s not who I ended up being compared to. Nope. Continue reading on my site...

My Writing Influences

It's hard to single out only a few influences on my writing because everything I read and do becomes a part of me.  Every book, every short story, every song, every conversation, every sermon, every activity, every article--well, you get the picture.  Everything we experience becomes a part of who we are. 

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Jean's Influences

I'm late posting here, but my Blog Tour post went up on my site on time (sorry about not getting the link to you here!)  Without further delay, here you go:

What Influences My Writing

There are many things that have influenced my writing, and not just my favorite authors. Sure, I may have attempted to write my very first book in the fourth grade, which was a weirdo mash up of  Piers Anthony's Xanth books, space opera with time-travel, and a fairly Narnian cast of half-monsters and annoying siblings. But more influences my writing than just my inner bookish fangirl. Read more...

Friday, April 20, 2012

Influences: Out of reach

Fortuna is a tricky lady - sometimes she just sets things so that she takes the one thing that could satisfy you the most out of your reach. Forever. But sometimes, those forbidden, out of reach fruits do taste the best. You can read more from my blog.

Sunday, April 15, 2012


Like many writers, I am influenced by everything I read and especially what I enjoy. There is always the little 'how did the author do that?' moment when I finish a book and try to analyze how everything came together and why it affected me the way it did. For actual story generation, I'm more likely to be inspired and influenced by nonfiction history and science books these days. However, for the types of stories I write there is one author who has had the most lasting influence on my writing.   

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Writing Influences

Welcome to the latest installment of the Forward Motion Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour! We’ve gathered several writers from amateur to professional, and we discuss one topic for the month. This month’s theme is about my influences. There are a lot of people (some of them even writers) that I’d like to be compared to, people that I’ve attempted to emulate in my life and work. I think everyone searches for heroes and role models. It’s human nature and, depending on the hero, a positive thing. Here are some of mine.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Here, you may read about what I read, and what kind of literature makes me tick.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Magpie Scribblings

According to Wikipedia, the Magpie is an "opportunistic omnivore".  That's how I see myself as a writer and a reader.  I'm a collector of interesting facts, information, and stories.  Like the Magpie, if it's 'shiny', then I want it.
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Thursday, April 5, 2012

E is for Everything

I have a pack rat of a brain. It runs off after anything moving, anything shiny, anything with cinnamon in it, anything playing music, anything written down or made up, anything new and exciting or old and familiar...It has no taste or discrimination whatsoever; popular romance and Edgar Rice Burroughs rub shoulders with Shakespeare, Shelley (Percy and Mary both), neoclassical sculptors, anime movies, and the last conversation I overheard at the coffee shop. Where is this going? Find out at Cowgirl in New England.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Creative Influences

What would it be like to be compared to a great writer? I’m not sure I’d ever believe the words if I heard them Read on here.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Under the influence

I think it's fairly clear that I've been influenced by everything I've ever read. "Matchmaker" shows off my familiarity with some Regency romance tropes, while my latest novelette demonstrates my love of Gilbert & Sullivan (I'm hoping the editors love it as much as I do!). Cozy mysteries, scientific prose, space operas -- everything has been added to the mix. If you want to read more about my thoughts on influence and whom I'd like to be compared to, check out my blog.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Alex's Early Influences

As with most writers, my desire to become an author grew out of my love of reading, especially from fantasy authors of the late 70s and early 80s.

To find which one of the many many great authors had the biggest impact on me, head on over to AlexWorld.