I had a friend once tell me that when she writes, she has to engross herself in it entirely and cannot read books during this process. She says she thinks that people run the risk of being too influenced if they read whilst writing their own book. What do you think of this? For me, I love reading. I am obsessed with reading, to be honest - it's my biggest passion in life. Without a book to read I am like a bear with a sore head! Even when I am engrossed in writing my own novels, I always have to put time aside to read. Do you continue reading books whilst writing? Do you worry about being influenced? I'd love to know your thoughts. I don't think reading whilst I am writing influences me at all. I always try to stay fresh and aware of that type of thing.