As an unpublished writer, I often get questions like who do you write like? As badly as I would like to tack my name on to a few of my favorite authors out there, the question is difficult to answer. Who would I choose? There are so many wonderful writers that have helped to shape me over my lifetime.
I would love to say, I have a similar style to this author or my voice is like that writer, but really, I am Lisa Heartman. I’m not “just like” any of my favorite authors, and they aren’t just like their favorites either. Everything we experience in life shapes us, and since we all have different experiences, we are truly different even if we have a few similarities. That’s what makes each and every one of us special, different, and great in our own ways.
Why would I want to be the next Author So-and-So, when I can be the first me? Sure, I would like to have the success and name recognition of them, but it takes time and hard work. I’ll get there eventually. The truth is readers, editors, publishers, and agents are going to find my similar traits to other writers, and that’s perfectly fine, but I don’t want to pigeon-hole myself so early in my career by saying I’m just like anyone.
There have been thousands of great writers before me, and there will be thousands after me, but there is only one me.