“Which author or authors have most influenced your writing and how?”
I have always been surrounded by books, reading everything from children’s writers (Dahl and Lewis to name a few), adult literature (Wolfe, Shakespeare, Poe, Bradbury and countless others). I am certain that my early reading experiences created the artistic canvas for my writing. Their influence was indirect. But I don’t they directly influenced how I write NOW.
That came later…much later.
I started writing two years ago. My first story, while an accomplishment in that I finished it, was…bad. No really, it was a truly spectacular suckfest!
But my next ones got better. And better…
Largely due to the authors I read. So here is my tribute to those authors –
Dan Brown and Robert North Patterson (the only adult fiction writer in this list) influenced the way in which I layer stories and my research. Both authors take a long time to create stories. The stories are well researched and deeply layered (especially Robert North Patterson).
Suzanne Collins changed how I write – completely. Especially when it comes to creating backstories and weaving them into the main plot.
Carrie Ryan has heavily influenced how I handle romance. She is masterful at creating anticipation in her writing.
I know that several other writers – Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Kathleen Duey – have had indirect influence on the way in which I craft stories.
I think one of the keys to good writing is reading – and tons of it. Cassandra Clare said in a booksigning I attended that writers need to be very well read – and not just in their genre. I think there is a lot of truth to that!
So what are you reading? And which authors have influenced you?
Hop over to Margie’s blog tomorrow for more on this topic.
AND DON”T FORGET….TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO ENTER THE CONTEST TO WIN A SUZANNE COLLINS BOOK! CLICK HERE TO ENTER!!!
Have a great weekend!