Inspiration from the winners

What gets you typing?

Share your inspiration and it might just inspire someone else!


As you know, Movellas, Random House, the Sony Reader Store and The Reading Agency have joined forces to find the best young writing superstar who will be revealed on the 15th of July at the Sony Young Movellist Award Ceremony. Our ten Finalists have been telling Sony about the books that they love that inspired them to write. See what they have to say here.


Here’s what inspires us at Movellas:

Yvonne: I've been inspired by many different storytellers though out the years.  First was my Dad, who used to tell me stories (that he made up) before I went to bed. I progressed onto Roald Dahl, whose imagination was just incredible. My tweens were mostly spent reading Enid Blyton and then I progressed to Jane Austen and Maya Angelou in my teens.  Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights" is my favourite novel of all time (The A-Level students I used to teach were all too familiar with my love for this book) Sebastien Faulk's "Birdsong" is also an all time favourite of mine. I'm a sucker for epic, heartbreaking love stories.  More recently, due to my time at Movellas and my introduction to awesome Young Adult authors, I have become a little bit obsessed with John Green, with "The Fault In Our Stars" being my favourite of his books and Sally Gardner's "Maggot Moon" is also pretty awesome! I just need to find some time to write myself:-)


Zohra: I felt really inspired by John Green because his enthusiasm and love for writing as well as his massive involvement with the community through YouTube and that level of involvement that no author has previously paralleled. Also, Khaled Hosseini has been a massive inspiration for me at the moment. His writing style is so powerful and creates strong imagery immediately. He also addresses difficult situations and has a purpose to his books; to educate people.


Charlotte: The Brothers Lionheart by Astrid Lindgren was my favourite book as a child. I was about 10 years old, the first time I read this book and it made a big impression on me. She writes about both the most beautiful and the darkest parts of life in an impressive way. And as a child, I actually became a little less scared of dying, after reading this book.  As an adult, the book that inspires me the most is The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. I’ve read it a couple of times (in French of course:) and I love it because it speaks to my inner child.  I’m also in love with Vandmaerket (The Watermark) by Naja Marie Aidt. She is my favourite Danish author, and I almost envy the way she is able to play with words. I’m trying very hard to be able to do that too. I am kept busy reading all of your good stories, so unfortunately I don’t get much writing done my self at the moment.


We’d love to hear what has inspired you (Movellians) to write! Share your inspiration with us below.

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