A Writer's Journey

March 25, 2011

Influences on a Writer

Filed under: journey,writing — mackenziew @ 2:12 am
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Everyone has someone who influenced them in their career or hobbies.

And I am no different.

My favorite book is “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen. I’ve also read “Emma” and “Northanger Abbey.” I love her novels. She creates memorable characters that endure throughout the years. I am one of generations of women who have fallen for Mr. Darcy. And Elizabeth Bennett is still my favorite character of all time.

My favorite author, though, is not Jane Austen. When I was younger, my aunt picked up a book she thought I’d like as it dealt with American history. It was “The Fifth of March” by Ann Rinaldi. Told from the viewpoint of a young woman working for the Adams family, the novel recounts the Boston Massacre and the ensuing trial. After I finished that book, I would search the library and book store for more of her books. My personal favorite is “A Break with Charity” about the Salem Witch Trials, followed by “Finishing Becca” about Benedict Arnold’s betrayal. Rinaldi had a great way of creating these characters and inserting them realistically into the lives of the real people who populated her stories. She also recreates the historical settings and emotions in a realistic and vivid manner.

It’s hard not to be influenced by whatever you are reading currently. And I am currently reading Sara Donati’s “Into the Wilderness” series. I’ve finished both “Into the Wilderness” and “Dawn on a Distant Shore.” I am reading “Lake in the Clouds” on my Kindle. Donati’s world in the wilderness of New York right after the revolution is populated with a great cast of characters. Donati has created a fictional town that could have been settled back then. She has created a world around this town that includes the vast wilderness and the Mohawks who call it home. I myself am creating my own little world in my story. In this case, I have created my own little country. Reading how Donati created her town really helps me.

So, these are the writing influences on me.



  1. Super post. And we like some of the same books. 🙂

    Comment by bethtrissel — March 25, 2011 @ 2:17 pm | Reply

    • Thank you! And those are some great books.

      Comment by mackenziew — March 29, 2011 @ 2:49 am | Reply

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