I like a good story; that’s what I like to read and try to write. I’ve read a lot of Stephen King, not because I particularly like the Horror genre, but because King writes great stories. Words and syntax matter, too, of course, but good writing is wasted if it doesn’t tell a good story. Elmore Leonard, John Sandford, the late Robert Parker, Nevada Barr, and CJ Box are other writers I admire and read. They are all wonderful storytellers. That’s what matters most to me.

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