Author's Comment: Q: To what other writers would you compare your writing style? Who do you enjoy reading? What books influenced you to become a writer? A: It's difficult for me to read my writing objectively and try to compare it to other writers' work, especially writers I admire. I primarily read fiction... A few that inspired me for their voice, setting, plot, or simply for that fantastic, magical, unclassifiable thing fiction does included 'Norwegian Wood' by Haruki Murakami, 'The Edible Woman' by Margaret Atwood, 'American Pastoral' by Philip Roth... As for books that influenced me to be an author, who knows? I wrote stories on a big drawing pad at the coffee table in my living room when I was eight, so it's hard to say what book had really started me off. I'll say one thing, though: when my teachers handed out summer reading lists at the end of the school year, I never groaned and put it off.