I am delighted to welcome Janet Quin-Harkin to Bookbabblers today, as part of the blog tour for Heartbreak Cafe.
Books that Have Inspired me: By Janet Quin-Harkin
I have always been a sucker for happy endings. I love romantic movies—Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail. Nora wrote my kind of stories. I suppose that was what drew me to writing YA novels with that lovely touch of romance in them. But my reading choices were not romance novels, on the whole. I loved romantic suspense. Mary Stewart was my very favorite when I was a teenager. I still re-read those books now: My Brother Michael and Wildfire at Midnight. They really stand the test of time. But that suspense angle was important to me too: as a teenager I devoured Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, all those ladies of the Golden Age. I loved the puzzle aspect, the crime disrupting a peaceful society, but they never touched me emotionally. When I became a writer I wanted to write books that made the reader feel. I wanted a hero or heroine that the reader would care about and cheer for. I hope I achieved that in my teenage novels and more recently in my mystery novels.
The other books that have remained close to my heart all my life have been the Jane Austen novels. They have everything I love in a book—they are witty, funny, romantic and as true to life today as they were when written. I only hope that my own books have some of these timeless qualities.
Look out for our review of Heartbreak Cafe: No Experience Required, which is coming soon.