Today’s N is for Neil Gaiman. I don’t want to go all fangirl on you, but I’ve been a lifelong fan of Mr. Gaiman’s, ever since I first read his Sandman series (yes, when it was being published monthly by DC Comics). Of all the author’s I’ve read and loved, Neil’s unique voice is one I return to again and again. I read his first novel, Good Omens – which he co-wrote with Terry Pratchett, so many times I lost count. It’s about a bungled apocalypse, and its dark humor changed the way I looked at the world. Seriously. The idea of a demon as a main character who drives a Bentley that run on demonic power and turns every tape into Queen’s Greatest Hits. Who wouldn’t love that?
I have comics signed by him from back when I was in university that said “Keep writing” – because I told him I wanted to be a writer. I took those words to heart and never gave up. It was the first time an author said to me, “you can do it, too.” And it meant the world to me.
Here are a few of Neil’s books, if you haven’t read them:
Ironically, I listened to one of my favorite stories of his (a radio play called Murder Mysteries) quite recently and realized I used the name Raguel in my novel, The Watcher. Though, the Raguel in my piece is different, the name stuck.
Since Neil’s work has inspired me for a long time, I’m not surprised to see something of his suffuse my unconscious and spill out onto the page. I’ve got to give credit, and thanks, where it’s due.
How about you? Who’s your favorite author? If you’re a writer, which authors inspired you?