Under the Influence

So I’m in the middle of revising my young-YA manuscript (in some quarters categorized as a tween book), and I’ve been thinking about what books influenced me growing up, and are still at work today. I have some obvious choices, and some that I’m sure I’ll think of later. I can’t leave out recent reads either, that, while perhaps not written for young readers, illustrated to me an unflinching look at a subject and informed me to dig deeper. I’m predisposed to making lists, so here is in no particular order, authors whose works I readily sought out at our little public library growing up, and ones who through word of mouth, I read as an adult:

Jack London

Marguerite Henry

Octavia Butler

Ursula K. LeGuin

Phillip Pullman

JK Rowling

Upton Sinclair

The Bronte Sisters

Dorothy Allison

Stephen King

James Herriot

Jane Austen

Suzanne Collins

Who kept you (or keeps you) up late at night with a flashlight under the covers? Bonus points for favorite childhood authors who influence your writing today.

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One thought on “Under the Influence

  1. Amy says:

    Biographies – I still remember the great lengths to which I went to seek out Rosalind Russell’s autobiography “Life Is A Banquet,” when I was in middle school, when I was a “tween,” as you said.

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