Your comments for the Mr. Ray on Writing giveaway were all very interesting to read. You also surprised me by not citing someone from Ye Olde Boys Club (Hemingway, Steinbeck and Faulkner) as influences. Why weren't you guys my English teachers in high school? I'd have been so much happier.
Last night I was trying to decide which single writer has had the most enduring influence over my work. Because I learned to write books by reading them this is harder than you might think; I'd probably do better naming libraries. But in the end I think I have to blame A.M. Lightner. She got hold of me all the way back in 1974, and I can still see her influence in everything I write today. It's something to think about the next time you give a book to a youngster -- you never know what future novelist you may be shaping.
The magic hat froze last night along with our internet connection, but we defrosted it this morning, and the winners of the giveaway are:
Atropa Rainwater, who owes much to Lovecraft as well as Roald Dahl
strigine, who credits Audre Lorde for influencing poetry writing
DM Bonanno, who has been influenced by Mr. Ray as well as Dean Koontz and Gene Roddenberry
Winners, when you have a chance please send your full names as well as your ship-to addresses to LynnViehl@aol.com so I can get your books out to you. My thanks to everyone for joining in.