Meg Gardiner: 5 Books That Changed My Writing Life...

FIVE BOOKS THAT CHANGED MY WRITING LIFE By Meg Gardiner 1. The Stand, Stephen King. When I was in college, and looking for a novel to read, a family friend said: Want something scary? Try this—an apocalyptic plague kills 99% of the people in the world… and then the bad stuff happens. I had never heard of Stephen King. But all these years later, The Stand remains my favorite novel. It’s sweeping, suspenseful, and redemptive, a story about the tenacity of the human spirit and the willingness to sacrifice oneself for others. Those themes always dwell in my mind now as I write. And damn, the Walking Man is one charismatic, terrifying villain....