Most authors will tell you that to be a good writer, you have to be a good reader first. Over the years I’ve definitely taken that to heart (maybe a little too much). Whatever is going on in my life, I always try to fit in plenty of reading.
Mainly I read the kind of books I want to write, paranormal/sci-fi/fantasy, that sort of thing. It’s great for keeping me inspired, it helps me see stories from different points of view, and it also shows me what is maybe being written about a little too much.
Every so often I find a book that really stands out. It may come from a little known author, but it’s really good. “Paranormalcy” by Kiersten White, is one of those books. It’s her first novel, but it’s written very well. The characters are really well fleshed out, the author kept the cast fairly small (a smart move) and there was plenty of action and story development. And best of all, there are plotting, evil fairies! The written paranormal world seriously needs more of those.
The story is about a foundling orphan that can see super natural critters. And now that she’s a teen, she works for a secret government organization that arrests the critters, saving the rest of the human world from being eaten. The main character doesn’t know anything about her past, who she is, where she came from, or why she’s the only one on the planet that can see the super natural stuff. So, needless to say, adventure ensues.
If you like sci-fi/paranormal, I highly recommend you check it out.