November 5, 2013

Guest Post: S.K. Falls and the books that inspired her write

Ok, friends. Say it with me. What's my favorite part of being a writer? 

It's talking to other writers! I love love love to hang out with other people who write. I love to hear what they say. I love to dig into what makes them tick.

And I love to open up my blog to them so they can fill it up with random delightfulness.

To that end, today I welcome my good friend, S.K. Falls, who I'm lucky enough to know in real life. She's a fabulous writer, and her Fevered Souls serial is full of action, drama, and all kinds of awesomeness.  She sat down to talk about the three books that inspired her to write...which leads me to ask....what books inspire YOU, dear readers? Let us both know in the comments!!

Here's S.K.'s response, to get the conversation going:

There are so many books I’ve read and thought, “I wish I could suck all the talent out of that writer and infuse my mind with it!” But if I had to pick only three books that really inspired me to be a writer, I’d pick (in no particular order):

1. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. I am an unrepentant Hemingway fangirl. I love the way he can say, in a sentence, what it would take most people (me included) ten pages. And he says it better, to boot. The man was amazing.

2. Any of Jodi Picoult’s books. She’s a fantastic writer, and I’ll be a diehard fan for life. When I picked up the first book I’d ever read by her, it felt like a transcendental experience. So THIS was what good writing, writing that really touches the heart, was all about! By the end of my career, if I’m half as good as her, I’ll be really thrilled.

3. Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. The first full-length book I ever wrote was a chick-lit, and it was unabashedly inspired by this book. I love Sophie Kinsella’s humor, and wholly credit her for inspiring me to finish that first novel.

So now it's your turn! 


Jen said...

Hm. I don't know that I'd say "inspired me to write." And I don't know that I'd always list whole books. But here are some things off the top of my head:

Slouching Toward Bethlehem by Joan Didion. I love the clarity of her writing as she handles social unraveling and (strongly) ambivalent emotions. The essays in this book feel exact and tenuous at the same time. The White Album is along those same lines, too.

Some poems: "Between Angels" and "The Sudden Light and the Trees" by Stephen Dunn. "Part of Eve's Discussion" by Marie Howe. All for how gracefully they capture unsettled-ness. "The Shipfitter's Wife" by Dorianne Laux, for its beautifully understated sexual imagery (it's like a vellum overlay).

Of course there are plenty other pieces of writing I admire for various reasons.

If I had to pick one book that made me want to write, I would pick Milosz's ABC's, by Czeslaw Milosz, because it made me want to write something LIKE THAT, in that format. (Which you can read about here:

And I'm with S.K. -- a Hemingway fan!

S.K.Falls said...

Thanks so much for having me, Leah! :-)

Unknown said...

A young reader's biography of Emily Dickinson.

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