So without further ado, today's topic is:
What authors/books inspire your writing?
This question is somewhat of a tough one because I read so many different authors in many different genres. I know some readers who pick one or two authors and just stick to them and them alone. I've never been that kind of reader.
Firstly, I can probably say that I'm inspired by almost ANY other cozy or mystery writer. It is a very rare occasion where I don't get at least some inspiration or ideas from a cozy mystery I've read--even if that inspiration is nothing more than the urge to jump up and work on my latest book.
I've also been know to wander the mystery isle of the book store--usually Barnes and Noble--and just spend an hour or two examining the many different books there. Sometimes, just seeing the cover art on the books and reading brief description and story ideas gets my creative juices going.
Now, if we are talking specific authors, my introduction to the contemporary cozy genre--at least in fiction--was through Leslie Meier. The first cozy I ever read was Trick-or-Treat Murder. I picked it up because I was intrigued by the cover. It reminded me of a favorite board game of mine--Clue--and it also reminded me of the mystery puzzles I helped my mother do growing up.
After reading the book, I was hooked on cozies and decided it was something I someday wanted to attempt. So, after that I started reading Isis Crawford, Jessica Beck, and most recently Leigh Perry, just to name a few authors I've enjoyed and been inspired by.
But, as with any mystery author, I can't let an article like this go by without mentioning the queen of crime, Agatha Christie. The whole reason I've loved mysteries from a young age is because I grew up watching adaptations of her work on Masterpiece Theater Mystery. As I grew older, and mature enough to understand her books, I began reading them. My first book by her was Murder on the Orient Express, but my all time favorite mystery--and likely favorite book of all time--is her masterpiece: And Then There Were None.