Recently I asked the author about what he was reading. Parsons's reply:
As a medical thriller author, some folks are surprised to learn that I rarely read them. There are many fine medical thrillers. But my tastes are eclectic, and for inspiration I draw regularly from a diversity of genres: contemporary fiction, literary fiction, thrillers, science fiction, fantasy and nonfiction.Learn more about Doing Harm at the publisher's website, and visit Kelly Parsons's Facebook page.
A recent sample from my nightstand includes fantasy (American Gods by Neil Gaiman), horror (Dr. Sleep by Stephen King), historical fiction/techno-thriller fusion (Cryptonomicon by Neil Stephenson), and non-fiction (Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink); next up is more non-fiction (Flash Boys, by Michael Lewis), as well as literary fiction (The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh).
Why so many different genres? Mostly because I love to read, and don’t like to limit myself to any particular kind of book. But I also want to be a better writer. Always. And I’m convinced that studying different styles, themes, and narrative structures challenges me to improve my own storytelling.