March 8, 2011

International Women's Day

In celebration of International Women's Day, which I never knew existed until today, I am listing three international women who have influenced me and my writing. Isn't this exciting?

Rosamunde Pilcher, Great Britain
I read her book, Coming Home, at the latter part of each of my pregnancies, and before writing The Lake. I love everything about it: strong, defined characters I relate to, excellent pacing (especially for a 900+ page work spanning 8 years), twists, conflict, pain, strength, values, arcs, romance, I just love this book. I've read others by her, but this is my favorite.

Jane Austen, England
Do I really have to say anything? Oh my. A treasure.

Laura Ingalls Wilder, United States of America
I don't know that there was much influence here on my writing, but definitely on my reading. This was my first series I ever read. I was thoroughly interested in Laura Ingalls and how she grew up. Finishing each book only compelled me to find another, in or out of the series, just another book to read. Where could I go next?

Some more honorable mentions: JK Rowling, Agatha Christie, Charlotte Bronte, Stephenie Meyer, Louisa May Alcott , George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans), Jan Karon, Mary Stewart, LM Montgomery . . .

Thank you, ladies. You are fine examples to me and hold a sweet place in my heart.

What women have influenced your writing or reading?


Gramma Spice said...

My favorite author is Krista Lynne Jensen...she changed my life forever 40 years ago...for the better!

Krista said...

Aw, Mom. Can't thank you enough. You always encouraged me.

40 years sounds like an awfully long time ago. *shudder*

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