Welcome to another edition of “Welcome to my blog…” Today, I am pleased to have “SPOTLIGHT” Author, Jan Hawke!! Jan is a huge part of Rave Reviews Book Club, as she is one of our hard-working Secretaries. We are so grateful for her and her dedication. She is well-deserving of this honor, and Jan… I hope you are enjoying every minute of that SPOTLIGHT!!! :)
… heroes, just for one day?
This is all about influences, because we all have real life heroes, whoever we are, and wherever we come from. For writers, heroes can come from any walk of life, that, more often than not, affect our preferences and can even translate into heroes of our own making. I thought I’d share 3 of my most enduring heroes with you – from my childhood, my teens and as a young(ish) woman.
Yes – OK, entirely predictable! However, I got into Middle Earth not long before my 11th birthday when I totally fell in love with a book for the first time. My bookworm aunt had got The Lord of the Rings when it was at the height of its popularity in the huge paperback edition put out by Unwin and Allen during the late 60’s. She didn’t get on with it at all, and passed the monster on to me, because she knew I was nuts about C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia (as she’d given me the whole collection a couple of Christmases earlier).
I gobbled it up and was completely hooked by the time the hobbits had left the Shire, besotted when they got to Rivendell. And then they were in Moria at the bridge… Gandalf’s fall completely devastated me. I couldn’t believe what I’d read, so went back and read it twice more before I finally burst into tears and cried myself to sleep.
My love for fantasy literature was baptised in Balrog fire that night, and I regard that first reading as my earliest adult, and passionate (in its purest sense) immersion in a novel.
It was the words and the look of him. The singing and music were great too, but the whole ‘Ziggy’ persona was the hook. I met him on radio when ‘Starman’ was first released, so I didn’t know his early work – but I soon remedied that (Hunky Dory was the real soundtrack to my teenage angst phase). But it was flame-haired and weirdly clothed Ziggy that spoke to me most, and lived the sci-fi fantasy out in the spotlight.
The ‘Thin White Duke’ phase wasn’t quite so appealing, but the whole constant shifting of style and characters were beguiling, and Major Tom’s evolution continually fascinated me, as did the other facets of Bowie’s performance art, on stage, cinema or canvas.
His newspaper clipping process for song-writing also appealed strongly – he’ll always be the star man and he’ll never leave us.
Another Tolkien fan, Terry’s belly-laugh, satirical approach to fantasy and its clichés felt so right, even when it bordered on the sacrilegious. Also, he loved orang-utans and made one an early hero of the wizardly Unseen University’s Library (long before JK Rowling put quill to paper) as a result of a catastrophic magical accident.
For those not familiar with Terry’s work, beyond knowing it’s funny fantasy, know that it’s far more than comedic. It has a depth and breadth that is almost heroically philosophic in its humanity, even when he’s writing about Vampires, Elves (very nasty ones), Trolls and Orcs. He writes about life’s vagaries and how to be human, in the knowledge that we should all aspire to ‘rather be a rising ape, than a falling angel’.
Who are your heroes – for as many days as you like?
Jan Hawke is the author of Milele Safari – An Eternal Journey
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Until next time, lovelies……………Happy Reading & Reviewing!!