Today, I want to pay homage to two authors who have the Write Stuff!
My all time favorite fantasy series as a kid would have to be CS Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia. There were other books, of course, but I always went back to the Narnia adventures when I needed comfort reading. My own boxed set was a treasured gift and one that still occupies a place of honor on my bookshelf. Dog-eared and worn as it is, I can't part with it. This is the set I shared with my kids when they were ready and one day (waay into the future) my grandkids will probably wonder why this moldering old collection is still around gathering dust. Well if not this exact set, at least this exact series.
As an adult and a parent, I've read a lot of books in a lot of genres, but as fantasy goes, I'd cast my vote for Rowling's Harry Potter series. I remember how wonderful it was to discover these books and share them with my kids. I've never been one to read in the genre I write and Harry's adventures give me a much needed respite when I need to escape my reality or my fiction. For whatever reason, the cursed internal editor that often won't shut up, goes on vacation when I'm reading any book in this wonderfully crafted series. I can assure you at the end of book four I was crying because of the impact, but I was also crying because I'd reached 'the end'. These seven books will also be on my bookshelf, next to Narnia, for as long as I have a bookshelf.
So fantasy or not, what puts a book in your Write Stuff column and earns it a place on your keeper shelf?