Monday Morning Question: 15 Literary Influences


Good Monday morning to you all.  This morning I opened up Facebook to find myself tagged in a post/Facebook game.  I thought it was an appropriate question for my Monday Morning Question feature here at Read What I Like and decided to go with it.

Here is what was asked

My literary influences in 15 minutes:
The rules: Don’t take too long to think about it. List 15 authors (poets included) who’ve influenced you and that will always stick with you. List the first 15 you can recall in no more than 15 minutes. Tag at least 15 friends, including me, because I’m interested in seeing what authors my friends choose. (To do this, copy this intro, paste the intro into the ‘body’ and start your list.)

Here is my list of authors and how they influenced my life:

  1. Stephenie Meyer: was my first real venture into the paranormal genre.  She helped me remember that I loved vampire movies and shows growing up and that I could now find them in the world of books with a little romance thrown in.
  2. Deborah Harkness:  made me realize there were better written vampire books out there for adults rich with history, action and again romance… See a trend here, I’m a sucker for a good love story.
  3. Sherrilyn Kenyon: Showed me a dark gritty side of paranormal ripe with tortured heros and good overcomes evil.  She is also one of the few authors where I know I will enjoy most anything she writes in any genre. 
  4. J.R.Ward: Also gave me a dark and gritty world to love filled with lots of swearing.
  5. Jacqueline Rhoades: Is one of the first independent authors I love and is another author who I know I will enjoy any book she writes no mater the genre.
  6. Jeaniene Frost: Just enjoy her work
  7. Darynda Jones: recent find that along with #8 has taught me to look outside of but right next to the box of types of books I enjoy reading.
  8. Patricia Briggs: helped make me love werewolves
  9. Stephen King: one of the first authors I was obsessed with.  Also a connection to my departed mother.
  10. J.K. Rowling: My introduction to the world of YA.
  11. Charlaine Harris: the first author to really disappoint me.
  12. Molly Harper:  The next three authors showed me that reading can be silly and fun.  A true escape.
  13. Lynsay Sands
  14.   Kerrelyn Sparks 
  15. J.R.R. Tolkien: This author taught me that I am not going to love someone’s books just because most everyone else does or they are considered a great asset to the literary world, and that is okay.  I don’t like his books I find them boring, tedious and seriously lacking in female characters.

If you wish to play along feel free to share you 15 authors of influence in the comments below.



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