Carolyn Prusa has written for Savannah Magazine, The Charlotte Observer, and other publications. She lives in Savannah with her husband, two sons, and giant rescue dog, Dale. Find out more on Twitter @CarolynPrusa.
When asked for list of books that influenced my debut novel, None of This Would Have Happened If Prince Were Alive, my first thought was, Ooh, fun! My second was: Dang, that’s hard. Like probably many visitors to this page, I’m an omni-reader. The stack of books on my bedside table is both eclectic and towering—a wide range of fiction and nonfiction. But it’s easy to pinpoint several brilliant, quirky, and heartstring-pulling novels that both rocked my world and helped me find my voice as a writer. (Honorable mention that isn’t a book: Beyoncé’s Lemonade. Her 2016 visual album shook me up like a snow globe, and if you haven’t seen it, please do, ideally in comfy pants with a tequila drink.)