Also, less often, the amazing, compelling author actually has plenty of books already in print. You do a happy dance and set out to read every last word. You grab all your friends, shove the author's collected works into their hands, and force them to sit down that second and share the wonder with you.
For me, one of these authors is Patricia Briggs.
The first book of hers I read--and where I suggest you start--was MOON CALLED. MOON CALLED is your typical skinwalker-coyote-raised-by-werewolves tale . . . if the typical coyote, Mercy Thompson, left the werewolves to become a mechanic in the city . . . and if her typical mentor is a powerful fae . . . and if he is typically forced to transfer the mechanic shop to her a year before the story starts because the fae were "coming out" to the humans . . . and if she's typically forced to return to the wolves round about chapter 2 because the local (sexy) alpha is severely injured. . . . Dang. I'm going to have to read it again, now. And then I'm going to have to read all the rest, too. Because boy do they all have pretty covers.
|Your fingers are itching right now. I know. |
The insides are better.
|Best expansion of a short story ever.|
But that's not all. Patricia has more books.
Patricia started out writing high fantasy, and those books, while not as fantastic as her more recent ones above, are still very, very cool. I'm not going to describe them all, but check out her book list and read them all. Seriously. I just finished reading the last two books of hers that I hadn't read yet and she has always been good at storytelling.
That said, though, one of the best reasons to read absolutely everything she has written is to see her evolution as a writer. Though her earlier stories were good, they weren't grab-your-friends-and-make-them-read-fantastic. She's that good now, though. Which means she's been able to grow as a writer. She's been able to improve beyond her first published efforts. She has stretched herself, branched out over the years, and has reached a level I can only describe as phenomenal.
I want to be like Patricia when I grow up.
So which authors have you felt like this about?