Good morning! My apologies--I don't have ANYthing this morning. So I thought I'd do one of those Tens things. Of course, as soon as I decided that, my mind went blank on which Ten of What to do, so I'm going to stick with a tried and true. Below are ten books that have affected me as a writer. They may not be my favorites, and don't have a thing to do with me as a reader, but they are ones that have much to do with Liz Flaherty, Writer.
1. Little Women. Because Jo March is my hero.
2. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Understood Betsy, and Anne of Green Gables. I can't think of them separately...sorry. There were worlds created in those books that I can still go back and live in.
3. To Kill A Mockingbird . Because you couldn't read it without being changed.
4. Paintbox Summer. It's my favorite of Betty Cavanna's books for young girls. I'd still like to spend a summer on Cape Cod and write. (Kate painted, but I can't do that.)
5. Winter's Bounty. The first Muriel Jensen book I ever read. I wanted to do what she did, and it thrills me right down to my socks that we write for the same Harlequin imprint.
6. The Flame and the Flower. Because there was something about Woodiwiss.
7. Little Britches. Our fifth-grade teacher read the whole series to us (remember when story-time was built into the school day) and we listened, rapt. I wanted to make someone listen, rapt.
8. Heidi. See above, only it was the fourth grade.
9. Girl of the Limberlost. Because Gene Stratton-Porter was a geeky Hoosier just like I am and she wrote such glorious stuff.
10. One More Summer. Because I was so blessed to have that one book that "wrote itself."
How about you? Any books that changed you as a writer?