Four August-born Authors that Influenced Writing

There are so many August born authors worth celebrating for their achievements! Today we recognize four of these talented writers, the ways in which they’ve influenced their genre and the inspiration that aspiring authors can take from their example.


  • Suzanne Collins – Born August 10, 1962. Best known as the author of The Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins also had a long career in writing children’s shows. She combined her knowledge of Young Adult writing with her knowledge of military history taught to her by her father, and her love of the ancient Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. Collins used this expertise to reestablish and popularize dystopian writing for a new generation. Her belief on the genres success among young readers is that, “Dystopian stories are places where you can play out the scenarios in your head – your anxieties – and see what might come of them. And, hopefully, as a young person, with the possibilities of the future waiting for you, you’re thinking about how to head these things off.” Suzanne Collins broke the mold for YA novels by combining what had hitherto been mostly adult content with relatable characters for all ages. For more details: For an interview with Collins:



  • Rose Macaulay- Born August 1, 1881. Most known for her final work, The Towers of Trebizond. Rose Macaulay was an active feminist who used her writing to work out the conflictions between her personal beliefs about faith and free thinking with what she had been taught by a religion that she respected and loved. She was a courageous woman and author who brought wit to serious and emotional topics and set an excellent example of how fiction writing can be used as an outlet to work out complex and personal emotions.

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  • Greg Bear- Born August 20, 1951. Greg Bear is best known for science fiction writing and is the Co-founder of the San Diego Comic Con. He is a thorough researcher who seeks out specialists to ensure accuracy of complicated subjects. Bear actively engages with current and historical research, meets and interviews scientists, tours their workplaces, and asks for their insight into errors or misunderstandings in his books. He has lectured at San Diego schools on ancient history, the history of science, and science fiction or fantasy writing. His efforts are a standing example of how pursuing your interests and participating with a larger community of specialists can strengthen your writing and bring more legitimacy to your story, while educating your readers in turn.

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  • Dorothy Dunnett- Born August 25, 1923. Dorothy Dunnett was a Scottish historical fiction novelist whose depth of characters, plot, and history have been inspirational to her readers and encouraged them to become teachers, historians, and writers themselves. Dunnett was a meticulous researcher. She spent 10 years preparing King Hereafter and built her own reference library of over 10,000 books that were later donated to Edinburgh University. Her research not only helped her to effectively build her stories, but led her to discover new facts that benefited historians. A fellow author, Joanna Bourne, praised Dunnett stating, “Dunnett is such a magnificent writer. I could open one of her books at any random page and I’d come away learning something about the craft of writing.” For more details:



We hope that you find as much inspiration from these authors as we did!