Sisters in Crime is a writers’ organization that I recently joined. They have a fun idea, the “blog hop.” If you’re interested, check it out and add to your own blog. http://www.sistersincrime.org/BlogHop
The idea is to pick one of the questions from their page and answer it. I selected: Which authors have inspired you?
James Patterson is my all time favorite. I realize he is co-writing with others now, but I love his characters, Alex Cross especially. Big, tough guy with a soft side–and don’t you dare mess with his Nana Mama!
I used to read everything Patricia Cornwell wrote, then she became repetitive. Not so much in her main story lines, but in her back stories. The relationships, anger, and misunderstanding between the characters got old.
But you learn from everything you read. I know what I want to avoid myself and what I want to emulate. A writer can never READ too much!