Star Wars. Forgotten Realms. Warhammer 40k. Halo. Magic the Gathering. Just a few of the many franchise universes that have a slew of novels and authors under their belt. Are you — or were you ever — a reader of any particular franchise? If so, what are some of your favorite franchise books? I'm always on the lookout so I'd like to know. Also, is there a franchise novel that might have influenced, or continues to influence, your own writing?