I've been following author Jasper Fforde for many years now but I'm only just getting around to reading his second latest Thursday Next novel - One of Our Thursdays is Missing. If you're a bookish nerd and haven't read any of Fforde's books, then you really should make haste and get your hands on one.
He's a British writer with several series of books on the speculative end of fantasy - and there's something for everyone - comedy, tragedy, romance, humour and with multitudes of references to the classics, you're in for quite the crash course. Aspiring authors will take heart in the face that his novels were rejected 70 times before his first novel The Eyre Affair was finally published.
A quick Google search will associate his name with 'creative genius', 'creative genius', 'creative genius' and 'cult following'. I would add to that clever; very, very clever. Not having picked up one of his books for a couple of years, I can say that once again I have been blown away by the sheer inventiveness of his writing and the attention to detail he's given to the alternate worlds he's created. Put simply, his work is a wonderful read - pure escapism - and as an aspiring writer, is a huge inspiration also.