Author John Grisham was born on February 8, 1955. Today, Dan O’Brien and Jade Kerrion are back, and Ansha Kotyk and SM Boyce have joined in as well.
WSR: Have you read any of Grisham’s novels/watched movies based on them? If so, which ones and what did you think?
DO: I have indeed. I really enjoyed The Firm and The Rainmaker. I went through a phase when I read quite a few of his novels.
JK: I watched The Firm, and really enjoyed it (and it didn’t even have much to do with the fact that it involved Tom Cruise)
AK: I haven’t read his work but I did see A Civil Action. It reminded me to be wary of my water supply that’s for sure!
SMB: I loved Pelican Brief. It was the first real mystery I read and I really enjoyed it.
WSR: Who is your favorite best selling author? What do you like about his/her work?
DO: Probably Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, or George R. R. Martin, and most because they each do what they do so well. They make it seem so effortless.
JK: David Eddings. I know he writes epic fantasy with stereotypical archetypes, but his early stories (Belgariad, Mallorean, etc) are particularly memorable in part because he plays on those archetypes.
AK: Favorite Best seller? You know I don’t think I have one? I LOVED the Harry Potter series. But I haven’t read JK’s latest book. Right now I’m reading Walk two Moons by Sharon Creech and I’m enjoying it!
SMB: Neil Gaiman. I love that he engages with fans, writes wonderful paranormal stories, and isn’t afraid to stray genres.
WSR: He received his undergraduate degree in accounting before studying law. What did you study in college (if you went)? Has your occupation had any influence on your writing?
DO: I have a Master’s degree in Psychology, as well as undergraduate degrees in philosophy and an emphasis in statistics. Occasionally I find that my formal training leaks into my writing.
JK: I majored in Biology and Philosophy in college, and my college major most certainly influenced my writing. My Double Helix series built on the premise of genetic manipulation and the ethics of humanity and perfection.
AK: I studied Anthropology and Russian Language. I definitely feel that studying Anthropology has helped me develop realistic characters and worlds. And actually, it was a writer who helped me choose this major… Jean Auel, author of The Earth’s Children series. Her books were so well researched that they actually helped me with my course work!!
SMB: I have a B.S. in Creative Writing and Marketing. The writing half really honed my technique, and the marketing half established my business mindset. I think it was a perfect combination.
How about you? Leave a comment in today’s post and share your answers to these questions. And now, back to the Book Blogger Fair!
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