No one becomes a writer without being influenced by other writers.
Virginia Woolf was so taken with Proust’s Swan’s Way it almost paralyzed her writing. Yet it inspired her, too, and forced her to come to terms with her own genius and limitations.
When he was a kid, Stephen King asked his local librarian for a book about how kids really are. She handed him Lord of the Flies. It “unlocked the rest of my life,” King said.
So what we at Beyond the Margins want to know is, which books were your inspiration? Name the three works—great or small—that influenced your writing the most, and tell us what it was about them that affected you so much.
To get the ball rolling, here are my three: