Hi friends! I'm doing something new! I wanted to start talking about all of the things/people that inspire me, and I wanted to make it a weekly thing. I find it so important to let other writers know what inspires other people. As a writer, I find inspiration in the weirdest things. For example: I was driving with my mom to her last day of work and where she worked was in this sort of vintage looking town. The way it was laid out made me so inspired that all I wanted to was write. Things like this inspire me, and also authors and t.v. shows. But that's not what I'm talking about today. I'm spending my Sunday talking about one of the authors that took me by surprise: Sarah J. Maas.
I had heard about Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses from a variety of people. In the age of social media, it's almost impossible to escape from hearing about Maas' books. Especially with BookTube and how everyone raves about her books. At the time of hearing about them, I had no interest because I wasn't really into fantasy at that time. I was knee deep into Science Fiction (as I was working on my YA Science Fiction at the time). During the summer, I was obsessed with going to the library, and I happened to pick up the audiobook discs for A Court of Thorns and Roses and put them on my audiobook MP3. I listened to the book at work, and I was obsessed.
People can say what they want about Sarah J. Maas, but there is no denying that she is a phenomenal writer. I find the way she tells a story to be so compelling and so beautiful. The first thing that I remember about reading ACOTAR was her descriptions. I think it's because of the fact I'm dreadful at them, and she executes them so well. I was so impressed. I can tell you the sentence it was (but I couldn't find it). Feyre was shooting an arrow at some point in time, and the way she described it was as if it was glittering in the night. The imagery she used to describe this really stuck out to me. I remember rewinding the audiobook so I could listen to that bit again because it was so good.
I've now read almost the entirety of her books (except A Court of Frost and Starlight and DC Icons: Catwoman) and I know which series is my definite favorite. Throne of Glass. I have gotten a few of my friends to read her series, and a close work friend buddy read Throne of Glass with me on audiobook, and we both agree that Throne of Glass is by far her best work. I think the plot is much more enticing and the characters are so good (Rhys is the best part of ACOTAR). Her plot twists were all unexpected and I loved them.
Looking at her writing, and the way she became a successful author, is such an inspiring story to me. Especially since I was on Wattpad for a great deal of time. I am proud of the accomplishments I've made there, but my goal is to put out content I'm proud of, and she's been doing that since she was on FictionPress. It's amazing to see how hard of a worker she is, and I admire that. Plus, there's also the fact she loves The 100 and Bellarke just as much as I do.
Do you have an author who inspires you and you look up to in the form of craft? Let me know in the comments!