Oh, I wish it was that one! No, I just finished reading The Appeal by John Grisham.
I needed a break from my WIP. I had to get my mind off it for a bit. I didn't like the last chapter I wrote and thought taking a break would help me regain my focus on where I really want it to go. I want to pick it up again with a fresh mind.
I'm one of those people that don't typically follow authors, but Grisham is my favorite. The only other author I can think of, that I actually own more than one book written by them, is Samuel Clemons. I have three by Clemons that I was given when I was young. I own a whole shelf of Grisham's work.
As I closed the back cover of this one, I thought about whether or not I am at all influenced by his writing. My first reaction is, of course not... My story ideas are nothing like his. My writing style is far different. I do admire that he manages to write stacks of best-sellers without filling them full of trash talk. I'm not big on the foul language found in a lot of books. I really like that his books aren't all about happy endings. They're more true to life. I also like the fact that, even though the majority of his books deal with some angle on the legal profession, he throws in a few unexpected storylines... even a little comedy.
Still I wonder... Perhaps when I'm done writing this ms, I'll ponder the question again as I evaluate my characters and flow. If I do find a similarity in style, is it necessarily influence? Maybe I like his writing because of that common thread, instead of his writing being the cause of it. If you were to ask me what writer I thought influenced me the most, my answer would be, "I have no idea." I have been writing essays, songs and poems since I was a child. It's hard to say what might have influenced my style.
How about you? Is there a particular author that influences your writing style? Describe the way your work reflects that influence.