1) Off the top of your head, what are your top 5-10 favorite books or series? Don't agonize-- just list the first ones that pop into your head.
Four Ways to Forgiveness --Ursula K. LeGuin
One Hundred Years of Solitude --Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Eva Luna --Isabel Allende
Kushiel's Legacy series --Jacqueline Carey
Jovah's Angel --Sharon Shinn
The Sharing Knife: Beguilement --Lois McMaster Bujold
Hyperion quartet --Dan Simmons
2) What elements or themes from these books do you see reflected in your own writing?
--young, strong female protagonist
--Fantasy/Science Fiction/Alternative History... other worlds
--a community isolated from the rest of humanity
--wrestling with the notion of leadership, and whether a few people have the right to make decisions for everyone else
--memory: what cultures remember and forget about their own history over time; how facts becomes myth and myths become fact