It's been almost ten years since you left us but your impact on my life and probably the lives of others would live on forever. I wasn't born a reader, that would be my older sister, and as I watched her read as a kid, I picked books up and scanned through them, Enid Blyton was the best I could do and who would blame me, books were too long and too tedious, why should I bother with them when there was TV and film.
I have to say everything changed the moment I picked up my first Sidney Sheldon book. Here was someone not trying to confuse me with big words and overtly complex descriptions, here was someone that could actually hold my attention span for hours at a time. You changed everything.
You were the master of the game and everything you created was beautiful. You inspired strong women and weaved remarkable plots. You wrote for everybody, especially for those of us that would otherwise only read text books. Because of you I was able to pick up and enjoy many more authors, Mario Puzo, Robert Ludlum, James Patterson, Vince Flynn, Ken Follett, Dean Koontz, John Grisham, Jackie Collins and Simon Wood among so many. I was also able to confidently write. You inspire my style and I wish you were around to tell me what you thought about my book (Simon Wood liked it, he's a great writer and I'm sure you would have liked him). The greatest compliment for me will be the day someone tells me my works come close to yours.
You said you liked to write about women who are talented and capable, but most important, retain their femininity. Women have tremendous power - their femininity, because men can't do without it, and like you, I like to write about women too. My first book The Galadima Conspiracy (not a rip off of your Doomsday Conspiracy) has a strong woman in the lead, but the world has somewhat changed so she also kicks ass!
I have read it several times, but this weekend I'm reading Windmills of the Gods again. If I ever have the clout to make movies in Hollywood, we'll see a lot of Sheldon inspired themes, maybe a remake of If Tomorrow Comes, The other side of midnight and Master of the Game.
You were the best Sheldon and we truly miss you.
Dan Abubakar started writing at the age of nine and for years writing remained
just a hobby. After University and working in the I.T industry as a
Web Developer/Consultant for almost ten years, Dan decided to give writing a real
chance. His debut novel is the political thriller The Galadima Conspiracy.
When not writing, Dan is an avid reader, a movie buff and sometimes a music enthusiast. His favorite movies include The Usual Suspects, Con Air, L.A Confidential, The Shawshank Redemption, 50 First Dates, Inception, The Dark Knight and Casino Royale.
Dan's influences include Sidney Sheldon, James Patterson, Vince Flynn, Dean Koontz and Lee Child. More recently, writers like Rachel Abbott and Simon Wood have also inspired him.
Dan loves thrillers and mysteries but is open to all genres.He is currently working on his second and third books simultaneously. They are Hersassin and Yahooligans.