10 Influential Authors Who Bounce Creative Energy


Jane Austen

I’m a woman, with Jane Austen on my list: cliché, yet I can’t help it. I love her writing style, plots, character POV, and love stories. It would be an injustice to overlook the exceptional way she transcends an unattractive personality into a lovable character. It’s remarkable and a true inspiration to my writing.

Thomas Aquinas 

While in college, required reading included philosophers,  the only books that retained my attention were those fiction novels on my bookshelf, displaying their beautiful covers, begging for reading, it was difficult to focus on ”required reading.” However, Aquinas entices me with his wisdom and writing approach, maybe because the challenge he presents is irresistible.

J.R.R. Tolkien

Every writer must envy his masterful creation of a new world and creature. I know I do. Whenever someone mentions The Lord of the Rings I begin creating a new world of my own. His novels demonstrate how every detail is important, since they are what draw the emotional connection to the story.

C.S. Lewis

The Dawn Treader was the first book review I ever wrote, way back in grade school. His books stacked on my father’s bookshelf throughout my entire young life. They are a staple and another beautiful way of designing a new world for those of us who wish for his abilities.

J.K. Rowling

I see a pattern in my list of inspiring authors who have successfully developed alternate worlds. Clearly, I’m motivated by those who have pushed the boundaries and wrote amazing stories I couldn’t put down.

Timothy Ferriss

I read The 4-Hour Work Week several years ago and it pushed me on my organization, planning, and productivity. He has a great philosophy for the hours we should work and making those hours count. I also respect his achievements and the way he’s grown his business and blog strategies.

James Patterson

Periodically I get stuck in a genre rut and I seek out something I would enjoy in other sections. This is how I discovered Alex Cross, one of Patterson’s main characters. The way he integrates several different POV, his chapter lengths, the pace, the suspense, the thrill, I love it all.

Markus Zusak 

The Book Thief I read the first chapter and thought, this is the writer I want to be. The way he turns words upside down, inside out, and squeezes new meanings out of them is something I would love to do. Plus, the way he to an angle from a perspective that could be controversial but instead becomes an intriguing story. Amazing.

Rick Riordan

Before reading Percy Jackson’s story, I was reluctant to read something so young, but after seeing the movie I gave it a chance. Though, it was hard to start, once I did I regretted waiting so long to do so. He crafts a fun, action packed, and lovable story around characters I want to know in life. He’s another one who can design an original and keep it relevant.

Julie Kagawa

What I admire about her is her ability to move a story along without out all the background weighing it down. She moves a story forward with ease and makes the reader antsy to keep flipping pages. I love the way her characters are attractive without too much explanation.

I hope you enjoyed my list! Who are your inspirational authors?

Thanks for reading my blog!
A.G. Zalens


Let Me Introduce Myself

“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.
Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”
― William Faulkner

How many books have I started? I’m not sure… quite a few; beginning in my teens. I would write, develop characters, give them names, place them in exciting situations, have them interact, and move them forward: only to abandon them in the chaos of life.

If writing has been my hobby than reading has been my profession – well…not really, but it would be awesome! When writing slows picking up a book is the next best thing.

About a year ago it occurred to me: after the many books I’ve read −it’s time to write again.

So here I am in the middle of editing my first novel and blogging to tell about my experiences. For me it’s a difficult challenge; as I’m an introvert at heart, an adventurer through fiction, a stay-at-home social sloth, and busy reader and writer. [ Tweet that ]

Giving pieces of my life to others can be tough (I’m the baby of a large family and I’ve grown accustomed to my siblings providing such information for me.) You may encounter slumps, slow patches, and sloppy places in my posts as I adjust.

In addition to “getting myself out there,” I’m also blogging for the motivation to finish the last leg of rough edits. My novel mixes YA and New Adult with fantasy, mystery, sci-fi, and a little romance. I have about 320 pages written – pre-editing; my word count changes daily (especially when I come upon areas where I must have been sleep-writing.) It’s been fun and rewarding but also hard and frustrating. I can’t wait to finish it!

Now begins my journey through this new phase. I’ll share the process and try and keep it light, fun, and interactive. Enjoy!

Here’s my first bio:

A.G. Zalens was born and raised in the American Southwest where she received a Bachelor’s degree and wrote her first novel. Besides her love of writing and reading great books, she also adores graphic design, movies, music, lightning storms, scanning twitter, and quality time with her family.

Thanks for reading my blog!
A.G. Zalens