I’ve spent part of this summer going back and reading my favorite novels, and reading new novels by some of my favorite authors. With one published book and a manuscript in the works, it is very interesting to see how the writing styles of my favorite authors influenced my work subconsciously. My second novel, which will be a political thriller, definitely is influenced by my love of the Bourne series and by John Grisham’s thrillers. My first novel has certain traits that show Agatha Christie’s influence, among other authors. It would be ridiculous for any author to claim that his or her work was completely original, and some of the style and levels of description that these authors used I knowingly tried to emulate in my work. It is very interesting to see that the influence goes even beyond that.