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Monday, December 13, 2010

Authors we Stalk...uh, Love!

Brainstorming Song of the Day: "Hero" by Chad Kroeger featuring Josey Scott (Check it out on the Rock With Us tab)

So we kinda um...heart...Kate Hart (one of the fantabulous girls over at YA Highway) and we noticed that over at her blog she did something really, really cool. As part of one of her Monday Memes, she participated in this activity that me and Pam just HAD to try!
Here are the rules: Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen authors (poets included) who have always influenced you and will always stick with you. List the first 15 you can recall in no more than 15 minutes, and they don’t have to be listed in order of relevance to you.

Here are our 15 most influential authors (with reasons for some) in less than 15 minutes!

Quita's 15:

Start time: 4:o6 PM

John Grisham
Laurie Halse Anderson
Joyce Carol Oates
Cormac McCarthy
Dean Koontz (he may not be the best writer ever...but his stories sure can suck you in. Read The Good Guy)
Justine Larblestier (granted, I've only read Liar but it was enough to make me want to read more of her books)

R.L. Stine (Fear Street RULES! And I actually wrote an entire novel based on one of his when I was twelve years old)
Blake Nelson
Charlaine Harris (Yes, I have read/and I do own EVERY SINGLE ONE of the Sookie Stackhouse books- I even have short story collections that she's appeared in)
Suzanne Collins
Maggie Stiefvater
Judy Blume
Ann M. Martin (I LOVED the Babysitters Club, I had all the special books, and even had my own fill in the blank Babysitters guide!)
Arthur Miller
Albert Camus (read The Stranger...nuff said)

End time: 4:09 PM

Pam's 15:

Start time: 4:06 PM

Ellen Hopkins
Stephen King (He's not only the King of Horror, but he's the master of writing page-turners)
Jodi Picoult (She does an excellent job of writing from both the teen AND adult POV)
Tawni O'Dell
William Golding
Elizabeth Scott (She took a risk with Living Dead Girl and encouraged me to take risks with my own writing)
Courtney Summers
Brett Easton Ellis
William Shakespeare
Terry McMillan (The fact that she's African Amerian and so successful speaks volumes to me)
Stephanie Meyer (Okay, don't attack me, but she inspired MILLIONS of people to pick up a book and read. That says a lot.)
Tennessee Williams
Dr. Seuss (The first book I ever remember reading is Green Eggs and Ham)
Judy Blume (When I was a kid, I thought I was Blubber. One of my faves to this day)
Beverly Cleary

End time: 4:08 PM

**Pam is a little peeved that she left off one of her all time idols...John Green :( **

Tell us, who are some of the authors that have most influenced you?


KO said...

ooh, every time I see this I want to try it. I will have to give it a shot this week!
thanks for reminding me, and nice to see your lists.

Alicia Gregoire said...

I've seen this meme a lot and I still can't comment on my 15 influential writers. How bad is that?

Kate Hart said...

I don't just kind of <3 the two of you, it's full on love. :)

Racquel Henry said...

Great idea! I enjoyed your lists! We have some authors in common :) I would have to say, Lorrie Moore, Joyce Carol Oates, Ann M. Martin, Beverly Cleary, Francine Pascal, Carolyn Keene, Sophie Kinsella, Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen, Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Morrison and MANY more!

Julie Musil said...

What a fun idea! John Green...love him. Also Jodi Picoult, Phillipa Gregory, Vince Flynn. There's so many more, but those are the ones that popped in my head.

Pam Harris said...

Ooh, Lorrie Moore was a good one! I loved Birds of America, and plan on reading Self Help soon. :)

Amie Kaufman said...

I love this one! I'd have to think hard about my list, might steal a name or two from yours!