What authors do you always read and recommend?This is one of those questions where the answer can change depending on my current faves. Naturally, I always recommend 'classic' authors, but if you ask me on more modern works, I would choose at present: Halldór Laxness, Haruki Murakami, V. E. Schwab and Leigh Bardugo (to give you a mix of styles and genres).
A rival of mine once complained that my stories begin awkwardly and end untidily.
From page 56:
Paama continued to stare at Ansige's retreating back. Behind her, half-hidden in the dust of the court, lay her discarded wedding ring.
Redemption in Indigo
Paama's husband is a fool and a glutton. Bad enough that he followed her to her parents' home in the village of Makendha, now he's disgraced himself by murdering livestock and stealing corn. When Paama leaves him for good, she attracts the attention of the undying ones – the djombi – who present her with a gift: the Chaos Stick, which allows her to manipulate the subtle forces of the world.
Unfortunately, not all the djombi are happy about this gift: the Indigo Lord believes this power should be his and his alone, and he sets about trying to persuade Paama to return the Chaos Stick.
Chaos is about to reign supreme...