What book/writer/publisher has most influenced your own writing/publishing efforts?
My writing influences are pretty trite I guess, but I’m a simple girl. I like Twain, Hemingway, Flannery O’Connor and Robert Penn Warren. The author who has inspired me the most — as reader and aspiring writer — is J.D. Salinger. Yeah, almost every kid has had some sort of religious experience with The Catcher in the Rye, but I think Salinger is vastly underestimated as a short story craftsman. You read Nine Stories and every one of those pieces is structurally brilliant — not one word wasted. If you study those stories as a writer, you can learn a lot.