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I was introduced to his work, as many people are, through The Chronicles of Narnia. It was through that series that I realized the power that books have; books can be great vessels for presenting ideas or messages to all ages, especially ideas that may not be well received in other forms. Another thing I love about Lewis, was how he wrote in quite a few different genres. He wrote poetry, essays, science fiction, fantasy, nonfiction, and autobiography. It's really amazing, in my opinion, and hopefully one day, I'll read them all. Not only that, but it's proof that an author doesn't have to write in just one genre to be successful, I don't have to limit myself. Because of Lewis, I truly feel like I can write anything that I want to, I don't have to be tied to one thing for the rest of my life.
J. R. R. Tolkien: Because of him, I want to create a fictional world that is extensive, even if it's just a quarter of the depth he gave to his world.
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These are just three of the authors who have influenced and inspired me. But while other authors and books give me ideas or spark my creativity, these three have impacted me in much bigger ways. They've drawn me in and shown me the possibilities, and I love what I see ahead.
by Laura Cisneros, intern