Which author influences your writing most?
It is inevitable the more we read the more we want to write. In the early writing there will always be strong influences from our favorite author/genre. Who do you feel influences your writing most?
I have quite a few, but Stephen King is one of the big ones for me...if I could ever write half as good as he does...sigh. How about you?
I have always loved Erma Bombeck's style. I hope my writing comes off half as real and humorous as hers was.
Jeaniene Frost. In a few of her books, the characters are why I read the books. Not the story lines, not the romance, not the mystery. The characters come to life and become realistic. That is what I want in my novels. That is my main goal.
I haven't read any of her books - I looked up the Nighthuntress series and Cat and Bones do sound like a guilty pleasure. May have to try a couple ( books, not vampires!)
The Nighthuntress series are her best novels and the others she has written are not as good.
Great question. One of my very earliest influences was O'Henry. I loved the twists to his stories and have picked that up for myself at various times. Shirley Jackson was also along that path.
Brings back fond memories. I remember reading a collection by O Henry at school stories such as 'The Gift of Magi' and ' the last leaf (?)' are seared in my memory banks. I love Saki ~( HH Munro) too. Masters of the short story form.
Yes, Docmo-the Last Leaf was one that I read in high school that touched me with its sad irony.
Terry Pratchett. Not particularly because of the style of his writing (which I love), but because of his lack of boundaries - he'll take the mickey out of anything! Terry Pratchett's Discworld was where I first learned I really could write about anything I wanted to, and in any style. And he taught me the importance of finding my own voice, and allowing it to be different from anyone else's, and having confidence in it.
I met him once He signed my copy of Small Gods.
Great choice.Terry is a brilliant writer and his range and scope are quite wide. I like the way he has created a (Disc)world that allows him to straddle genres and themes all in his own unique voice.Its sad that he's been diagnosed with Alzheimers.
Tolkien, for the sheer magic, and Dickens, for the humor and satire.
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