Fifteen authors who have influenced me
Colin TheileIn grade six my teacher was reading Sun on the Stubble then February’s Dragon when Colin Theile visited our school to talk to the grade 7’s. When he heard that our class was reading his books he came and talked to us and read some of February’s Dragon to us. How exciting!
Dorothy CanfieldI read Betsy and loved the story of an orphan who goes from living in the city with her great aunt and aunt to living with relatives in the country. I still own this book and its falling apart from being read so much.
Johanna SpyriI loved Heidi and the whole series and loved reading these books. It was another series mum read as a child.
CS LewisAfter reading these books I tried to get my wardrobe to take me to Narnia. Didn't we all!
Dorothy McKay MartinI read the Peggy series so many times as a teen. I loved those stories.
Mary Bruce GrantReading the books my mum read as a teen felt special and that they were set in Australia which is even better. Loved the books.
Agatha ChristieI just loved reading the mysteries and trying to work out what happened. Agreed! I never managed to get it right, but it always seemed so obvious after Miss Marple explained everything.
Gilbert MorrisWhat can I say? He is such a great writer—his Civil War series taught me so much about the Civil War and I love the way he weaves history into the story.
Cheryl WyattWhat can I say—I fell in love with Cheryl’s books when she mentioned cricket in the first book. It bonded us after I wrote a letter to her about her book, how much I loved it and my love of cricket which she also has.
Virginia SmithOne of Virginia’s books had a secondary character who resonated so much with me and the way she wrote her I could see so much of my situation in it and it gave me hope.
Jillian HartI just love Jillian’s books, and through them I have become great friends with her.
Come Meet AusJenny, she is a co-founder of and contributor to Australasian Christian Writers, and she is also the co-founder of the Australian Christian Readers Blog Alliance.
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. The rules are simple:
Take fifteen minutes and write down the names of fifteen authors who have influenced your reading life (or your life in general). If you've got a little more time, write down a sentence or two for each, explaining why you've chosen that author. That's it!