Has any author ever had a huge influence on your reading? Who, and why?
One of the things I like about King is not only does he write books that I enjoy reading, but he also shares his influences and offers recommendations. Reading these, I’ve been influenced to pick up books and authors that have also become favorites for me. It’s because of King’s recommendation that I started reading Richard Matheson and Laura Lippman, two of my favorite writers.
I’ve found that King’s recommendations are usually something I will enjoy 90% of the time. Every once in a while, he loves something that I find I don’t love (I liked but didn’t love Justin Cronin’s The Passage, for example), but that’s OK. He’s usually spot on the rest of the time.