I found my voice as a writer by writing, not by imitating or trying to become some other famous writer. Do I have influences? Not that I’m aware of, although I certainly have my favorite authors who I read and admire. My writing may even remind you of certain writers. If so, it’s coincidental. A singer finds his or her own voice by singing. He or she develops a style and sound that is all their own. It’s the same with writing. Why would I try to be the next Hemingway or Faulkner? Talk about setting yourself up to fail! I’d rather see what Ronald Paxton can do. So far, I like what I see.

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