Okay, enough about me.
I want to hear from you. Who are your favorite writers? Who are the ones that wrote the books that changed your life, made you decide to be a writer? Why?
As a kid, it was Beverly Cleary. As a teenager, Judy Blume and Stephen King. As an adult, Ray Bradbury and Neil Gaiman.
Beverly Cleary because she wrote a character that was just so me: Ramona Quimby. Ramona was weird and individual and totally followed her own beat.
Judy Blume because she wrote books that allowed girls to explore being a teenager, including that sex thing. Yeah.
Stephen King because his writing was so scary yet so conversational.
Ray Bradbury, because in Something Wicked This Way Comes he nails what it means to be alive.
Neil Gaiman because his ideas have such a twist and are the most original thing out there. There's no one out there doing what he's doing.