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Karen Bayly

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Author Question: Who inspired you to write?

There are so many writers whose work I love, but the first to inspire me were Anne McCaffrey and Ursula Le Guin. When I started writing, science fiction and fantasy was the providence of male writers, and these two broke that mould.

I adored McCaffrey’s “Dragonriders of Pern” series with its strong female characters and, of course, the many wonderful dragons.

Le Guin’s “The Left Hand of Darkness” and “The Dispossessed” blew my mind. I loved “The Lathe of Heaven” and the “Wizard of Earthsea”. The woman was an amazing writer and a visionary to the end.

I’m sad that both are dead. I would have loved to have met them. As it is, their work still drives me to become a better writer. Small as I am, I follow in the footsteps of giants.

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