My influences (writers)


1. Dan Brown:

Hands down the best story-teller in the world. I admire the research he has done for each one of his books. It shines through the words. Some people criticize his writing, saying it’s not literature, just pure wow factor. Why don’t you losers come up with something this exciting AND literary? I hate it when people get so obsessed with words and sentences that they forget the importance of plot development. I wish I could just hack into Dan Brown’s brain to see how he comes up with these twists and turns.

Work(s) I love: Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code

2.John Grisham:

He writes very sympathizable characters and very loathable villains. He can make you feel bad for a serial killer on death row. You’ll hate him in the beginning and cry for him in the end. Unlike many mainstream writers, Grisham is not afraid to write sad endings and piss off readers. He is just badass like that.

Work(s) I love: The Summon, The Chamber

3. George Orwell:

1984 is the most incredible and heart wrenching book I’ve ever read. The universe that he has created has its own law and history. It was written decades ago but the message can still be applicable to today’s world. It exposes the weakness of humans. It is so insightful and cruel to the mind that I feel like I’ve been sucker-punched after finishing the book.

Work(s) I love: 1984

4. Jane Austen:

People think Austen is to blame for implanting the ideal of an unrealistic Mr. Darcy in every girl’s head, but I consider Austen’s heroines feminists of their time. They are confined by social norms and stigmas to marry for status and money, but they still fight for what they want, even though in a subtle way.

Work(s) I love: Persuasion, Northanger Abbey

5. RL Stine:

He doesn’t try to be anything other than what he sets out to be. He doesn’t write literature. He does’t try to spread world peace. His goal is to scare teenagers, and he does it perfectly. He was the first author opened my eyes to English and the American culture.

Work(s) I love: the Fear Street series


About Nicky

Nicky English is a journalist, an educator, a podcaster, a couch potato, a dreamer, and a child at heart. Learning is her passion, so is the English language, which she believes is the tool to unlock the door of knowledge. Born in Hong Kong, she received intensive writing training at The University of Iowa, where she double-majored in journalism and political science. Apart from the Hawkeye State, she’s lived in Chicago and Philadelphia. When she was a guest student at Georgetown University, she fell in love with Washington, D.C. She also has a Master of Arts in Communication. A little side note—she cannot imagine a world without her Mac and iDevices. Like many crazy ones, she hopes to change the world one day at a time.
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