Fifteen authors who have influenced me
I have written elsewhere about non-fiction authors who have influenced me so in this list I have stuck to fiction authors, which was more difficult because I am rather picky. Nevertheless I've been enriched by the fiction I have read.
2. Madeleine L'EngleA Wrinkle in Time, which was surprising because I don't normally like sci-fi but I loved the message of this book.
3. Elinor Brent-DyerThe Chalet School series. I enjoyed lots of school based novels when I was at school. I like reading about contexts that I can relate to.
I loved boarding school stories as well.
5. Pamela BrownThe Swish of the Curtain and a little creativity.
6. Lucy MontgomeryI loved the Anne series and anything else she wrote.
7. L. P. HartleyThe go-between. I had to read this in Year 12 and then later read it again as an adult. Always interesting to reread a book you remember well from earlier days and realize what you missed the first time around.
9. Hugh MacKayHouse Guest. I read my children's books from school including this year 12 novel of my daughter's which I enjoy much more than she did. I also enjoyed MacKay non-fiction titles.
11. Lynn AustinLoved her historical fiction. I found this author when I typed Christian fiction into a library's database.
12. Paula VinceI went to the Writing Conference on the Gold Coast in 2012 and found a whole bunch of Aussie Christian writers like Paula who wrote contemporary stories about real people in real situations. I couldn't believe what I'd been missing.
Susan enjoyed that 2012 writing conference so much that she's organising a conference for Christian writers to be held in Melbourne, in October 2014. You can find out more at the website.
13. Rose DeeAs above.
14. Andrea GriggAs above.
15. Penelope McCowanAs above.
About Susanwww.abooklook.blogspot.com.au. She is also a librarian and pastor's wife.
Would you like to contribute a Friday Fifteen? If so, email me via my contact page to set a date. Contributions are welcome from anyone—readers, reviewers and authors. It's an opportunity to share some of the authors (and books) which have influenced you, and to pick up some ideas for new authors to read.