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 and paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense, currently living in Auburn, Alabama. Author of the Sentinels of New Orleans series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, and Belle Chasse (Nov 2016). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the upcoming Wilds of the Bayou series (Book 1, Wild Man's Curse) releases April 2016).

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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