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Story is King #2: What Books Gave You The Love Of Story?


A couple days ago a friend asked what books made me become a reader and love stories. Ironically, I had been thinking about this topic for most of 2018.  I’m writing my third Kammbia novel, Diondray’s Roundabout, and after writing two previous novels you get a sense of what stories you want to tell.  Also, you gravitate toward stories that you loved as a reader.

Well, I had to admit my love of reading and stories came from map books similar to the one above.  I used to get Rand McNally Map Books as a kid and read them like they were novels.  I grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida and I would always read distances between St. Petersburg and other Florida cities like Orlando and Jacksonville.  Next, I would go to the back of the book and look for their population. I knew that St. Petersburg’s population was about 238,000, Orlando’s population was about 165,000, and Jacksonville’s Population was over half a million in the mid-1980s.  I would create stories from reading those map books.   So, I have realized that my first love of stories (and influence on my writing) started with map books.



I came to novel reading in my late teenage years.  Outside the aforementioned map books, I read comic books before coming to novels.  The first novels I read was Chronicles of Thomas Covenant Series by Stephen R. Donaldson.  Thomas Covenant, the anti-hero protagonist, captured my imagination and gave me the impetus to read more novels.  In my early twenties, I discovered two novelists that gave me a love of stories I’m deeply grateful for.  I devoured the books of Charles de Lint and Dean Koontz.  I read at least ten novels each from both authors.  De Lint’s books were set in the imagined city of Newford, Canada and Koontz’s books were genre mash-ups ranging from sci-fi to mystery to horror.  The above picture were my favorite books from both authors.  This year, I have decided to re-read those books.  I have already re-read Cold Fire (my favorite Koontz novel) and The Little Country (my favorite de Lint novel) and plan to re-read Strangers and Memory & Dream before the year ends.

What does this examination of where my love of story comes from?  What conclusions can I make from it?  My main conclusion is that stories matter.  Stories can give a perspective outside your own everyday experience and take you somewhere you have never been before.  Stories can give you a connection that you never thought possible and change your life, like it did for me.



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Welcome to the Story is King blog! I will write monthly blog posts highlighting the power of story.  Story is one of our basic languages as human beings and can resonate deep within us.  The Story is King Blog will have blog posts and book reviews focusing on imaginative fiction regardless of genre and how… Continue Reading


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