I will begin by saying that my favorite author of all time is Jodi Picoult. She is my greatest literary influence, because I can feel her passion from the words on the pages of her books. She mixes a great deal of passion, knowledge, suspense, intrigue, and a various range of emotions that carry me on from book to book, loving each and every one of them. In addition to all of the above, I emailed her back in 2014, and she did take the time to email me back. I cannot express my gratitude for this simple email. I was vulnerable with her in my email, and she was nothing but kind and encouraging. I have saved this email in my inbox, and I’m sure I’ll never delete it.
In addition to all of Jodi Picoult’s books, I’ll add that my favorite novel over the years has always been The Giver by Lois Lowry. I have probably read this book over twenty times, and it never gets old. Obviously I know the plot, the twists, and the details of every chapter. I’ve heard this book described as a “kids book”, but honestly, the detail and intrigue says otherwise. Yes, children can read it, but you tend to learn something new every time you go through it again, or at least think of something differently. It’s a truly remarkable book.
I will probably venture to say that at the moment, Robert Frost is my favorite poet. He does have an incredible collection of poetry, all that inspire and invoke thought. I love writing poetry, and I love reading poetry with passion behind it. And yes, I do enjoy reading the “depressing” poetry most of all. This is mostly because in my darkest moments, poetry was my rope. I fed my soul by writing away my feelings. Some interesting things came of it, things I can still look back on today and learn from myself. I enjoy poetry from others that does the same. Sharing your darkest moments with someone is a privilege for them. I am honored to read the truth of your existence.
Other literary influences are included on my “quotes” page. I put those quotes there because they invoked something in my being. All people are worthwhile, and I respect every honest attempt at writing, but the ones who have made it on that quote page have created the most connection in my heart. I will keep adding to that page (and to this one) as my writing and reading life progresses.