I like this series, but a lot of the questions are either very similar to things I have already done before, or to another question in the Authors Answer line-up. This week’s question is What authors, styles or intellectual movements have most influenced your writing?
I made it! This is the very last entry in my 26-Week Book Challenge, even if this is an afterlude. Don’t tell me that’s not a word; it is now. Anyway, I posted 37 entries in total: 26 actual entries and 11 interludes on questions I could not (or would not) answer. Today’s is the last of those, and it’s the question which, to me, is the silliest of them all: your favourite book of all time.
The year was… ooh, 1996 I think. I was still at university, wrestling my way through a degree in Slavonic Languages and Literature. I was in my fourth year, and by this point I had pretty much figured out that I’d picked the wrong subject to study, but rather than flushing four years down the drain I was determined to just get my degree. I hadn’t really thought about job prospects, probably out of an optimistic but fairly accurate sense that I could learn anything people would chuck at me. The goal was simply to get that degree out of the way.
As part of the degree students could spend some time in a Russian speaking country to soak up the local culture and language. I’ve always been a bit of a homebody, so when the choice was between three months in St Petersburg or one month in Odessa, I opted for the latter. Yes, I know St Petersburg would probably have been much more awesome, but I just really didn’t fancy it.