My theme for 2013 is Influential Women Authors.
My definition of influential is any author, classic or modern, who has inspired writers, readers, or the larger scope of culture. Some are personal favorites, or have special meaning to me.
What this list is not: a list of the most influential writers of all time. Rather, this is a collection of influential writers, corresponding with each day's letter.
For the full list of participating blogs, click here.
C: Meg Cabot
|Meg Cabot, This Is Teen 2011, S.Scott|
Whew! How does she manage to write so much? When I met Meg in 2011 at the This Is Teen tour (with Libba Bray from yesterdays B post, and yes, I also fangirled over Meg), the author spoke about how her amazing husband cooks dinner, cleans, and basically does everything she needs so she can make her publishing deadlines. She then admitted she knew she was the luckiest woman alive.
What I love about Cabot's books are the zany personalities of her characters, and how many strong, funny heroines she's written. Her books are like comfort food. I find them so easy to slip into and enjoy. She can do light, and she can also go a little deeper.
My favorite moment from her books was from the first Heather Wells mystery. The series is about an almost-thirty former teen pop star who's now broke and working as a residence hall director at a New York City university. Heather checks out a potential lead after student turns up dead, and she finds a Ziggy poster in the suspect's dorm room. She determines on the spot that no Ziggy fan has killing potential given how innocent and hopelessly uncool Ziggy fandom is for a college-aged student.
I mean, come on: Ziggy. (Here, I looked it up for you).
Here's to Meg Cabot's ability to inspire young readers, and those of us who enjoy fun, flirty humor.