Can't say that one book moved me to be a writer. King and Erma were who I enjoyed reading when I was young.
I like funny, Erma has it hands down. I also like suspense and to me King is one of the best horror/suspense writers I have read.
I read everything I can find in the genre I write in (well, I pretty much read everything from soup labels to novels). I learn from those authors and try to fit their style of writing into my own.
I think my greatest inspiration came from a creative writing teacher I had in high school. He is a published author and one thing he had us do was write in a journal daily - he told me he liked my writing and from there I was spurred onward.
His name is Richard White and he has written several novels over the years.
After I had my first article published, I called him (keep in mind it was 20 years after I had him as a teacher) only to thank him for being a great support and inspiration to live dreams that can come true.
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