I read a lot of non-fiction, partly for pleasure and partly for research for the novel I am writing at the time. If the subject interests me, then I weave fictional scenarios around it as part of my fiction.
When I was much younger, the work of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne inspired me to create my own fiction. More recently, the work of the late Micheal Crichton was an inspiration for the type of technothrillers I write.
Interesting stories, something that grabs my attention and I am sorry when the book is done. I am be inspired by just about anything.
I'm inspired by reading emotional roller coasters.
fiction..humorous, murder, australiana
Well-rounded, breathing, flawed, real characters. A beautiful turn of phrase. Writing that is extremely well-crafted - writing that is subtle yet powerful. Innovative writing. I have an ever-evolving list of favourite books, and I return to these again and again if I need inspiration.
Writing that exists within usual genres and sub-genres, but then breaks rules and uses normal conventions to go beyond what we, as a reader, expects. In short, a western that turns into an ontological mystery.
I like to write romantic fiction. Anything that has a romantic element is fodder for my still voracious appetite for books.
I read science, natural history, and for the past five years, as much current events foreign policy material as I can handle while trying to stay sane and keep my day job.
For me, as a sex therapist, I am inspired to write when I read articles or books by sex "experts" that make unrealistic promises about the sex therapy program they are promoting, or they imply, for example, that people with low libido have a sexual dysfunction and are the obvious cause of any relationship distress.
I don't read much at all because it bores the devil out of me. My philosophy has always been that the time I would waste reading, I could be writing. I've paid attention to two books in my life. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery and The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. Those two books say it all for me. I do also love the work of the afore alluded to Dr.Seuss whom I had the pleasure of meeting in the early 1980s. And the Uncle Remus stories by Joel Chandler Harris. So to answer the question, children's stories that are actually for adults, most of whom aren't aware of that, inspire me.
Definitely non-fiction, whether I write fiction or non-fiction.
Anything related to the topics I write about, those being the Northern Tradition, Shamanism, Ceremonial Magick and all related. Also, the writing can't be stale or else I get bored and fall asleep. Something I hope doesn't happen to my own readers. Non-fiction doesn't have to be boring.
Nothing in particular. I get ideas from travelling around the world, movies, music and people in general
Anything that challenges me and my view of the world. I tend to see all books as an inter-connected dialogue, everything can be related. Writers like Hemingway, Woolf and Coetzee make writing seem effortless, they are masters of the craft and inspire me.
Anything good. Usually books that are a good combination of (abstract/ theoretical) science and philosophy.
People, relationships and sex, but always within the context of biological, psychological and sociological development.
The concept of infinity, meaning being inherent in systems, why people behave the way they do.
I like to personalize abstract concepts and make them relevant through people oriented narratives.