Sometimes a writer might say, 'I'm waiting for the mood to hit me,' or 'I'm searching for inspiration.' For me, inspiration comes in the form of books, movies and on occasion, music. I love stories, no matter what medium they come in. Hence I like to read short stories, novels and poetry. I love going to the cinema but I also enjoy watching a DVD at home, and I take pleasure in listening to music which spirits me far away. My imagination takes off when I indulge in any of these passions.
Recently I experienced a rare bout of writer's block. I hesitate to use that term, as I don't believe in it, or it might be more accurate to say that I refuse to believe in it. Looking back on that occasion, it would appear that a combination of stress, financial worry, and fatigue (not to mention a slight cold still hanging on from winter) robbed me of any inspiration or motivation to write. So I chose to read a novel instead. The next day I was back writing again, having been sufficiently inspired.
Which novelists in particular fire my imagination? While I enjoy the classics immensely, I am not writing a literary novel nor trying to pen a classic so that genre won't inspire me with my own book. If I want inspiration for my debut novel, I must choose books which are in the same genre as mine (action-thriller set in Japan) or at least contain elements of the same genre. Hence I need to read contemporary authors who write action thrillers, suspense, human-drama, or books which contain some culture-based fiction and/or stories based on history. So whose books do I read?