Christine has come up with a fantastic question for this round of the blog chain:
“Which author or authors have most influenced your writing and how?”
Honestly, every book I’ve read has had some influence over how I think, how I see the world, and how I engage my imagination. As a teen, Anne Rice, Clive Barker, and Dean Koontz monopolized my reading time. I have rows and rows of their paperbacks lining my bookshelves to this day. It doesn’t take a stretch of the imagination to accept that I prefer science fiction/fantasy, right?
More recently, I’ve focused on broadening my horizons, reading a variety of genres from “classics” to more contemporary works. And can I just say Somerset Maugham’s prose in The Razor’s Edge is BEAUTIFUL? Love. It.
Moving on, I’d like to offer a confession: I’d be lying if I said Stephenie Meyer did not influence my writing. Like millions of others, I got sucked into Twilight world. For whatever reason, it got my brain working. Ideas started flowing. I pulled out the “story” I’d written years ago and read it. To my happy surprise, it had potential. So I worked on it. Completed it.
In the process, I fell in love with writing. Ultimately, that first novel got trunked. No matter. It was worth it. The passion developed and took on a momentum of its own. So cool.
I’d like to mention another point.
Not only published authors have influenced me. Truthfully, the most influential writers have been my crit buddies, my QT and RallyStorm friends, and my blogging friends. Without their help, guidance, advice, support, and cheerleading, I’d have no opportunity to learn, grow, and develop as a writer. I would have stagnated months and months ago.