15 Authors Who Have Influenced Me

While checking out 52 Faces’s website, I saw her post on 15 authors who influenced her and felt compelled to keep it going. Like she said, if you’re reading this post, consider yourself tagged and spread the discovery.

The Rules: Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen 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.

15 Authors Who Have Influenced Me

  1. Ray Bradbury
  2. Raymond Carver
  3. Joan Didion
  4. Ernest Gaines
  5. Céline
  6. John Steinbeck
  7. Cormac McCarthy
  8. Toni Morrison
  9. Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  10. Junot Diaz
  11. Henry Miller
  12. John Fante
  13. Ralph Ellison
  14. William Faulkner
  15. J.D. Salinger

This list is in no particular order and is probably leaving off some significant names. I tried to write it quickly, thinking of authors of books and stories that I have read more than once and that are always top of mind when I think of my own writing. It’s an interesting exercise, but I’m going to have to look at it a bit more before I can come up with any astute analysis. One thing that does occur to me is I more often feel like I’m more influenced by other artists besides writers — musicians and filmmakers probably more than anyone else. If I could write books like Kurosawa made movies, like Miles Davis made  music….

Comments 3

  1. Jennifer wrote:

    great post. I did this on my website as well.

    http://jenniferkbrown.blogspot.com/2010/11/15-writers.html

    Posted 02 Nov 2010 at 8:26 am
  2. Nicole wrote:

    One thing that does occur to me is I more often feel like I’m more influenced by other artists besides writers — musicians and filmmakers probably more than anyone else. If I could write books like Kurosawa made movies, like Miles Davis made music….

    Oh I so agree with this! Not the specific artists themselves, but I understand the sentiment exactly. There are certainly writers I wish I could write like, but I wish just as much that I could write fiction the way Regina Spektor writes (or used to write) music.

    Posted 03 Nov 2010 at 2:12 am
  3. 52 Faces wrote:

    Oh my gosh. A real live “famous” blogger actually read my blog!

    Now that I sound like a Twi-hard who’s just seen Taylor Lautner – thanks for stopping by! I still wait patiently each day for news from “the other side”…

    Posted 29 Nov 2010 at 8:24 am

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