I recently took part in SFSignal's new Mind Meld on "Influential Non-Genre Books." While I mentioned a number of great works which aren't in the science fiction or fantasy genres, three specific non-genre books heavily influenced my writing. They are:
- Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
- Mama Day by Gloria Naylor
- No Nature: New and Selected Poems by Gary Snyder
To learn the specifics on how these books influenced me, check out the Mind Meld, which also contains great responses from authors like C.J. Cherryh, Elizabeth Bear, Damien G. Walter, Carolyn Crane, and many more.