Ray Bradbury was one of my favorite authors growing up. I read just about everything by him I could get my hands on, both his novels and short story collections. We were stationed at a post not far from Bradbury’s hometown in
Moving around so much growing up, I had to find non-traditional means of stability. Books and music were two things that fit the bill perfectly. It didn’t take long for me to move on to adult authors. I knew Stephen King’s Castle Rock almost as well as I knew any of the places we lived. It was an all-time favorite. Between Pennywise and the clown under the bed in the movie Poltergeist, I developed a serious case of coulrophobia. Other King favorites were The Body, the basis for the movie Stand By Me, and Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, which was also eventually made into a movie.
There was a song called Moon Over Bourbon Street on Sting’s first solo album. In the liner notes he said it was inspired by a book called Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice. I liked the song a lot so I decided to keep an eye out for that book. I still remember which library I found it in: the post library at
Growing up on a steady diet of horror and the paranormal, no wonder I write urban fantasy. As I create my own supernatural worlds now, the ones that nurtured me as a child and teenager remain an echo in the back of my mind. I’m happy to hear them still whispering to me.
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