Since I mentioned Piers Anthony in a recent post, I thought I should point out that The Power Base has an interview with Piers Anthony over on their site. If you are a fan or just interested in his work, go check it out.
Every reader goes through phases. I unknowingly read my first Piers Anthony book sometime in 6th or 7th grade. The book was Race Against Time and I checked it out of the Granada Hills branch of the Los Angeles Public Library. Today, the book would probably be considered YA. (It was the mid-1980s when I read it.) In some respects, it is of similar theme to Philip K. Dick’s Time Out of Joint. In any case, I had a lot of fun reading the book, but I paid no attention to who the author was.
I first became conscious of Piers Anthony as a writer sometime in 7th grade. It may have been a friend of mine, Noah Rowles (now president and CEO of iolo technologies), who first introduced me to his books. For five or six years thereafter those books consumed me. I can’t remember if I started with the Xanth books (back in 1984 there were 8; today there are 34 with more on the way) or if I started with the Incarnations of Immortality series. In any event, I remember enjoying those books. I read all 8 of the Xanth books that were available at the time. But I only read one or two more there after. (In 1999, when I was traveling for work quite a bit, I re-read those first 8 or 9 books while I was on airplanes and in hotels.) I read the Incarnations of Immortality series and enjoyed that one even more. The first book in that series, On a Pale Horse has stayed with me to this very day.