Reading While Writing–Undue Influences?

I’m over at the Castles and Guns blog today, talking about my towering TBR pile and how reading other people’s novels when I’m actively writing my own can unconsciously influence me.


Do you read only outside your genre when you’re writing? Or not read at all? Or does it not matter?

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate’s Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man’s Curse; Black Diamond).

4 thoughts on “Reading While Writing–Undue Influences?

  1. I read everything and anything. Whatever good book is within reach. I don’t find it influences what I write, except if I read a really bad book it motivates me to write cause I think ‘I can do better than that!’ In contrast, if I read a really amazing book, it does depress me as I think ‘I’ll never write anything that good!’ Either way, I love to read as much as I love to write. The two go hand in hand for me.

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