I think of all the books I loved growing up and it started much like this:
Things progressed from there. There’s a list in my mind of books that shaped my tastes, my life as a reader and an author. The first time I discovered Charlotte Bronte’s JANE EYRE, I remember thinking, “Where in the world has Mr. Rochester been my entire life?”
The poor brooding dark male leading character….sigh. I was most impressed that this was written at a time when this would’ve been an unlikely scenario in real life, bringing me to my next book: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. Same case. Of all the reasons to LOVE and adore this gem of a novel that has influenced hundreds of authors, one of the main reasons I love it, is for me, in the time period it was written, this would’ve been a fantasy and in my mind, that makes Pride and Prejudice quite the progressive, ahead-of-its-time kind of novel. Need I point out all the other reasons why we all love it? J
And Gone With the Wind. As a child (things never changed as an adult) I loved all things Southern and when I first read and then watched Gone With the Wind, it felt life changing. I wanted to throttle Scarlett, I wanted to look like Scarlett, and did I ever want a Rhett of my own! I was 12 when the sequel, Scarlett, came out and I begged my mother to get it and get it now! I completed my 7th grade book report on it and I remember this look on my teacher’s face when I handed it in that said, “Are you serious?” at which point my goofy glasses-wearing self said, “Frankly my dear, I am serious. I am damn serious.”
With a sharply raised eyebrow, she gave me an A.
Now as an adult, I still hold these books dear. I don’t know that any of my own characters, or myself, are anything like any of the leading casts. My novels are quite a bit different than the above masterpieces. But my hope from reading these, was that in some way, somewhere out there, I could make a reader feel the way about my books as the literary gems above me made me feel the first time I read them.
An author can only hope….
About the author:
By age 5, Sasha Hibbs' favorite movie was Gone With the Wind. By age 12, she completed her 7th grade book report on the sequel, Scarlett. By 18, she met and married her very own Mr. Rhett Butler and as it turns out, she never had to worry about going back to Tara to win the love of her life back. Fortunately, he stuck with her.
With a love of all things paranormal, the ambiance of the South with its gigantic antebellum mansions and canopies of Spanish moss, and a love for her husband’s rich storytelling of blacksmiths and the mythology surrounding their origins, it wasn’t long until the world of her debut novel, Black Amaranth, was born.
When not working her day job as a nurse, you can find Sasha dreaming of her next beach trip, reading the latest YA novel, and drinking more white chocolate mocha than she should.
Sasha lives in mountainous West Virginia with her husband, Tim, and their two daughters, Aeliza and Ava. She is currently hard at work on book three in The Vulcan Legacies series.