Who are the people who have left a lasting impression on you? As I reflect upon my life, there are several who have touched me in profound ways. One is my aunt Patricia who spent a week with me when I was ten, teaching me how to ride a bike. Two others are my maternal grandparents, whom I called Wai Gong and Wai Puo. They adopted my mom as a teenager and welcomed her and eventually my dad, my sister, and me into their warm and loving family. I am forever grateful to the Lord for the ways these three people impacted my life.
When it comes to my reading and writing journey, I can also think of three people who have left a lasting impression on me. Let me share these CCR authors with you.
First of all, the author who introduced me to CCR was Francine Rivers. I remember falling in love with her poetic writing style when I read Redeeming Love many years ago. She was the person who made me realize the power and beauty of the written word. I know I can’t emulate her voice, and I wouldn’t want to, but she inspired me to find my own way of storytelling.
Second, I learned so much from author Dee Henderson about the effectiveness of writing a series. I basically devoured all six books in The O’Malley series like they were delicious pieces of cheesecake. She sold me on the idea of writing sibling stories, which helped spark (pun intended) my Spark Brothers series.
Third, the author who gave me the confidence to “write what I know” was Camy Tang. It was such an eye-opening experience for me to read her Sushi series and to see a whole cast of characters who are Asian. She really gave me the courage and boldness to include my Chinese heritage in several of my stories.
These are the three CCR authors who have left strong, lasting impressions on me with the books they’ve written. I’m sure you have authors in your life who have made an impact on you, too. Please comment below and tell me who they are!
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