Over the next few weeks and months I hope to have a series of guest posts up by lots of different authors on the books that have inspired them and/or their favourite stories. I love reading about these things 🙂
My first guest is the lovely Raine O’Tierney author of the beautiful story ‘Sweet Giordan, Please Remember’.
The book that most inspires me…
…might surprise some. It’s not an M/M romance. It’s not even an adult novel. And unless you read ghost stories in the eighties, you probably don’t remember the book much less the author, who passed away with so many stories left unwritten.
When I think about novels that got in my blood stream and never let me go, I think about Sylvia Cassedy’s Behind the Attic Wall. I love all of Ms. Cassedy’s novels for the same reason: she depicts the acute loneliness of being an awkward, odd little girl like no other author I’ve ever read. When I read her books—all of which are out of print now—I am sudden that horribly awkward little girl again. All alone.
What’s appealing about that? What appeals about reliving those sad, lonely times? I’ve thought about this often. It’s the feeling that this author, now long gone, understands me. She speaks to a part of my childhood that was ugly and, somehow, she makes it beautiful. She paints with words.
I aspire to be like that.
A painter of words.
Keeper of the hidden memories.
An author that will be remembered, by at least one person, when her books are long out of print, as someone who touched their heart.
Thank you Sylvia Cassedy,
About the Author:
Raine O’Tierney is an always-writing, boundlessly enthusiastic, exclamation point addict! (!!!) She is known for declaring every day “the best day EVER!” and every thing her “all-time FAVORITE!” Despite this (obnoxious?) exuberance, she still somehow manages to have a wonderfully encouraging husband and writing partner, Siôn, and an amazing group of friends and colleagues who continue to support (read: put up with) her. Raine spends her days working as a library lady, fighting the good fight for intellectual freedom.
You Can Find Her:
The Hat Party (LGBT Author Interviews) http://raineotierneyhatparty.blogspot.com/