Writer. Adventurer. Currently working on The Dreamless City, a series of steampunk novels and short stories.
I wouldn’t be doing this today, the writing thing, if it hadn’t been for J.R.R. Tolkien. Happy birthday, Ronald!
The father of modern fantasy, especially high fantasy, deserves some mad props (is it still cool to say that?). He blazed a trail that allowed so many writers to follow his path and share our meager visions of fantastic worlds. When I consider the depth and breadth of Middle Earth, it leaves me amazed. The lore, the legends, the languages, the lyrics to his songs (which were wonderful to hear in The Hobbit), Tolkien wove it all together into an amazing world that children and adults visit again and again.
He’s right there at the top of the list for me, along with Alexander Dumas and C.S. Lewis. Ray Bradbury, George Orwell, and Lewis Carroll are not far behind. If I had to pick one author, however, that was the complete package, with an immersive world, unique characters, and a grand adventure, it would have to be J.R.R. Tolkien.
And on that note, back to my meager vision already in progress!