It’s March!

I really hope this means that spring is on its way, because I’m about done with winter ๐Ÿ™‚

This month our authors will be sharing with us books, outside of their own genre, that have influenced them.

For me, well I write several genres and I read even more ๐Ÿ™‚ But I think one of the books that impacted me the most, especially as a young reader, was Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. The first real novels I ever read were the Little House on the Prairie series, and then I moved on to Victoria Holt’s gothic romances (and pretty much set up camp there for the remainder of my days).

So A Wrinkle in Time was definitely a departure from what I was used to reading. But the story had me hooked immediately. It’s been years since I’ve read it, and I don’t remember specifics anymore. I don’t even remember the characters’ names. But I remember the FEEL of the book when I was reading it. The way the language rolled around in my head. I remember being so invested in the characters that they still pop in my head, all these years later, even though the specifics of them are gone.

Because of that series, I gave other genres besides historical romance a chance. It opened up entire worlds to me ๐Ÿ™‚ I always wanted to write stories that would stick with a reader like that. Maybe someday I will ๐Ÿ™‚

What books have you read that have stuck with you?

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About Michelle McLean

Romance and non-fiction author Michelle McLean is a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl who is addicted to chocolate and Goldfish crackers and spent most of her formative years with her nose in a book. She has a B.S. in History, a M.A. in English, and loves her romance with a hearty side of suspenseful mystery. When Michelle's not editing, reading or chasing her kids around, she can usually be found in a quiet corner working on her next book. She resides in PA with her husband and two children, an insanely hyper dog, and three very spoiled cats.

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