What influences you the most?

We asked writers to tell us what other writers, written works, or cultural influences effected their writing the most. The answers below show that each person is a unique reflection of all the things that make them who they are.

Juan Martinez

“Vladimir Nabokov was an inspiration, partly because he was just such a MASTER STORYTELLER and had such great command of the English language, but he also was an INSPIRATION simply because he was another non-U.S.-born writer.”

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Gustavo Arellano

“I try to emulate their COURAGE and their DRIVE, and their sort of CURIOSITY with the world, if not necessarily their literary style.”

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Louie Pérez

“If it’s GOOD writing, it’s just good writing, no matter WHERE it comes from.”

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