What Does it Mean to “Like” an Author?

“Do you like John Steinbeck?”  Yes.  And no.  And, well, it’s complicated.  Writer Lindsay Hatton admits that she understands why she gets asked this question often.  In addition to geographic proximity with Steinbeck, Hatton also wrote him in as a character in her debut novel, Monterey Bay.  She attempts to address a this question in her essay on Signature-Reads.