Recently I asked the author about what she was reading. Harrison's reply:
I just finished reading Show Your Work by Austin Kleon, and it has inspired me to start posting regularly about my process. I believe in messy process rather than perfect, finished product and in what Austin suggests, which is that only ever showing the perfect product leads to aspiring creative types thinking that they'll never get better. This is completely untrue, and I'm a terribly messy writer. I went through 15 drafts of For Time and All Eternities (the latest Linda Wallheim Mormon Utah mystery) in 2016 alone. I'm not a good writer because I write flawlessly to begin with. I'm a good writer because I'm willing to do some very hard work when it comes to revision, and because I never prize a sentence above the purpose of my book. I can cut ruthlessly if that's what's necessary.Visit Mette Ivie Harrison's website.
I also just finished Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig. I went through a five year long depression after the loss of my sixth child and I've been interested in the different experiences of depression of others since then. Honestly, my experience was very different from Matt Haig's, but both of us ended up getting through without medication (not something I necessarily recommend). I dogeared a number of pages so that I can go back and use the book when I talk to friends who have depression, as well.
Writers Read: Mette Ivie Harrison (January 2015).
The Page 69 Test: His Right Hand.