I have the pleasure of sharing a guest post from author PD Alleva, who answers my question...
ELF: Which author(s) has/have been the most influential to you and how or why?
PDA: Three writers come up most often when answering this question. Ernest Hemingway, Stephen King, and Dan Brown, three writers who are masters in their genre and have had such strong impacts on the writing world. All three have had equal impact on my writing career during various stages in my life. Hemingway in my late teens and early twenties, Stephen King during my late twenties and into my thirties and Dan Brown pushing that envelope up until and including current times.
Why Hemingway? Well, let’s be honest the man knows how to write and its really just as simple as that. His subtle nuances and minimalist approach is classic, not to mention he’s one of the great American writers of all time.
Stephen King: The Shining is a true masterpiece of horror literature and his ability to put out book after book is an inspiration. The best writing advice ever is from Stephen King’s memoir On Writing, which is just as entertaining as any of his novels. He exhibits the true nature of what it takes to be a writer including his discipline with writing 10-20 pages a day and to always keep the momentum going, despite any sort of writers block that may develop along the way. If you’re going to take advice from an author, get it from the best. Despite genre or whether you like the man and his novels, he’s a proven commodity.
Dan Brown: His intelligent thrillers not only keep the reader wanting to learn more about his characters and plot, but also force the reader to actually think about the content, question the status quo, seek alternative points of view and he wraps it all up in a neat little package of fiction expertise. Aspiring authors can receive more than a few tips from Dan Brown’s writing and accomplishments.
Writers are looking for success. Success comes in two ways, sales and respect. All three of these authors have achieved both in grand fashion.
GENRE: Literary Fiction/Romance/Dark Fiction
The Denemer's had it all: Fame, fortune, family, and the American Dream. But tough times have landed on their doorstep— Gerri's acting career is mired in controversy, financial decline is strangling the family bond, and his marriage to Kelli Anne is on the rocks. He'd rather die than face another catastrophe, something the Devil is more than eager to assist. On the night Gerri attempts to end his suffering, his plan is thwarted by a voice in his smart TV, pulling him into a dimension where past, present, and future collide, and the fate of the human race hangs in the balance. But Gerri is not alone. The Devil's minions are nipping at his heels and Kelli is right behind them, determined to save her family and put right what has gone wrong. Will they be successful? Is the bond between husband and wife strong enough to defeat evil? Will they prevent World War III or will evil's plan triumph? Presenting the Marriage of Kelli Anne and Gerri Denemer: A Horror Story, is a tour de force thriller of dark fiction, romance, and horror in an epic battle between good and evil.
He ran to the house, struggling through the wind that sought to push him over, to deter him from entering that house.
“No, Gerri,” the chaperone hollered. “Do NOT go in there!”
But Gerri quickened his pace.
The chaperone was in front of him.
He turned to go around him.
The chaperone was in front of him.
He jerked to the left, running at max speed.
The chaperone was in front of him, pushed Gerri to the ground. Picked him up and clasped Gerri’s shoulders with an iron hand.
“It’s not allowed, Gerri.”
“What’re you talking about? I just want to go home.”
The chaperone laughed. He started pacing, circling Gerri with his hand on Gerri’s shoulder.
“What do you think, Gerri, hang yourself and you get to go back home? No, no, no, Gerri. Look around you. You’re not even close to home!”
“What? That can’t be!”
“Between worlds, Gerri! That’s where you are. What’s in that house is nothing. Nothing more than the slither of energy you left, the portal of death with the stink of fear. You’re not welcome there. Not welcome at all.” He slipped his hand off Geri’s shoulder. Stepped an arm’s length away from him.
“No, no, no, this can’t be! This can’t be.”
“Oh, yes, Gerri, it can, and it is.”
The chaperone paused.
“It’s best that you come with me Gerri.”
Gerri screamed, “Where did I go wrong?”
The chaperone stiffened.
He turned to the house and paused.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
P.D. Alleva is an author, psychotherapist and hypnotherapist specializing in trauma, addiction and mental health. He is the author of several books, including fiction novels, Indifference and A Billion Tiny Moments In Time…, Seriously Twisted; These Gods of Darkness (Poetry), Let Your Soul Evolve (1st and 2nd ed), and Spiritual Growth Therapy: Philosophy, Practices and Mindfulness Workbook (non-fiction). He has developed behavioral protocols for addiction and mental health and teaches mindfulness, Buddhist meditations and manifestation techniques to his patients as a means and alternative to using pharmaceuticals. He is currently in private practice with his wife, Lisa. He lives with his wife and children in Boca Raton, Florida.
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