10 Authors Who Changed My Life
I have varied tastes as a reader so I don’t just stick to one genre. When I read, I look for something that not only engages me but also captures the magic and beauty of the written word. These ten authors have shaped who I am as an author and a human being. They’ve changed the way I perceived myself and the world around me. They’ve shown me true mastery in the craft of writing. They’ve made me laugh, cry, scream, and jump for joy.
- Barbara Kingsolver – I’ve read almost every book this woman has written but the one that hit me most was The Poisonwood Bible.
- Amy Tan – My favorite book by Amy Tan is The Bonesetter’s Daughter.
- Toni Morrison – The book that completely changed my perception of racism is The Bluest Eye.
- Ray Bradbury – Martian Chronicles blew my mind. It made me think on a while new plane of imagination.
- Neil Gaiman – American Gods was the inspiration for my upcoming series. Right now I’m reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane. It’s fabulous.
- Hugh Howley – Wool was the book that made me realize self published books can be just as good, if not better, than traditionally published books.
- Anne Lamott – Bird by Bird has been my bible on writing and how to do it well. Lamott’s other books are both spiritual and hilarious at the same time.
- Christopher Moore – A Dirty Job was the funniest book I ever read about death. His other books will make you LOL too.
- Beth Lisick – Everybody into the Pool is hysterical, self-deprecating, and heart-warming. Her other books are just as fabulous.
- David Sedaris – No one can tell it like it is while revealing the searing truths of life like Mr. Sedaris. Me Talk Pretty One Day is my favorite. He reminds us that we are all flawed, and that can be a beautiful thing.
Many of us have become writers because of the books that changed our lives. At least, that’s why I became a writer. The stories and characters these authors have conjured into being will stay with me for a lifetime.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Burnt Edges
Author: Dana Leipold
Published: October 21st, 2014
Word Count: 56,000
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Content Warning: contains sexual abuse and domestic violence
Recommended Age: 18+
Abuse or an uncertain future. This is Laurel Lee Page’s choice when she is faced with an unplanned pregnancy at 18. Born into a broken family, all she has ever known is guilt and shame. No matter what she does or who she meets, Laurel appears to be living a condemned life but she is determined to find independence and freedom in spite of her family’s legacy of hatred and self-contempt. Can Laurel see that she is in a powerful position, poised to break the cycle of abuse? Set in Southern California during the tumultuous 1960s era, Burnt Edges is based on true events and proves that strength can be found even in the most horrific situations.
About the Author:
Dana Leipold is a freelance writer, author, and member of the Association of Independent Authors and Creativity Coaching Association. She has self-published two books: a collection of limericks in Dr. Seuss-style for adults entitled, Stupid Poetry: The Ultimate Collection of Sublime and Ridiculous Poems, and a non-fiction book entitled, The Power of Writing Well: Write Well. Change the World, to help writers get their message heard, create stories that connect, and leverage the power of writing well. In addition, she coaches other writers on story structure, messaging, and writing skills so they can achieve their dreams to become published authors. Leipold lives with her husband and two children in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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