Books That Inspire 2001

The Three Musketeers
Alexandre Dumas

When I was nine, I read this book as my first foray into grownup fiction. It opened the gates into a marvelous story world that offered me exciting action, villainous intrigue, and heartrending tragedy. I was amazed by Milady’s capacity for evil, and I felt such pity for Athos. After reading this wonderful story, I just couldn’t go back to kiddie books and continued to explore historical fiction. Before long, I decided that writing novels was what I wanted to do with my life. Thirty-two published novels later, that childhood decision of mine remains valid.
Deborah A. Chester
John Crain Presidential Professor
Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communications