July 6, 2011
As writers, we all love to read good books for inspiration. What book inspired you as a writer and why?
I’ve been reading since I was three, so it would be easy to come up with dozens of books that have inspired me in one way or another. I would say that The Bell Jar and The Rape of Nanking inspired me to write, so I find those two some of the most important books that I’ve ever read.
Iris Chang’s The Rape of Nanking wasn’t the most appropriate book for a seventh going into eighth grader should’ve been reading, but so much of my world view and the way I saw other people changed by reading it. I hold it very important even though it’s a non-fiction book because of the lengths Chang went through to tell the stories of people who could no longer tell their own. It put a call into me that the reason a person picks up a pen or opens their laptop isn’t to tell a pretty story where everyone lives happily ever after; it’s to tell a story that needs to be told. A story that will not leave them alone or give them rest until they get it out of them. Success is nice, but is not necessary; you only have to stay true to yourself and give a voice to something or someone that can’t do it for themselves for one reason or another.
What book or books have inspired you? Why have they done so?
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