Wondering what inspires and influences me as an author? Below, I've listed some of the writers, novels, and stories of particular importance to me. They are listed alphabetically:

General influences

  • Jane Austen's social satire
  • Arthur C. Clarke's blend of hard science and the metaphysical
  • Robert A. Heinlein's personal, human approach to science fiction
  • Alfred Hitchcock's suspense films*
  • H.P. Lovecraft's creeping psychological horror
  • Joss Whedon's mastery of tone juxtaposition**
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein's ideas about language

Selected novels and stories

  • 1984 (Orwell)
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Carroll)
  • American Psycho (Ellis)
  • Brave New World (Huxley)
  • The Crying of Lot 49 (Pynchon)
  • "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream" (Ellison)
  • Lolita (Nabokov)
  • Preacher (Ennis/Dillon)
  • Saga (Vaughn/Staples)
  • "The Yellow Wallpaper" (Perkins Gilman)

If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.”
— Stephen King, "On Writing," from On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (2000)

*Acknowledging that many writers contributed to his various films.

**Acknowledging that, like most TV shows, Whedon's shows employed teams of writers who contributed to and wrote in the classic style that we think of as Whedonian.  That said, we don't call it "Whedonian" for nothing.