I truly believe that it’s those beloved childhood authors, the one you couldn’t get enough of back when you were in elementary (primary) school that shape you, influencing your creative and character in those formative years. Your sense of humor, personality and, in some cases, your artistic output can be traced directly back to these early influencers.
There’s no doubt that these five writers (my favorites growing up) made me the writer (and the person) I am today…
Comedy! Tragedy! Romance! Children being baked into pies! What more can a six year old ask for? My mother gifted me The Complete Works of William Shakespeare in first grade and cherished that leather bound edition, reading each play and assiduously writing up summaries for every act in a dedicated notebook.
Arthur C. Clarke
Of course I read (and watched) a lot of science fiction and there was no author I loved more than Arthur C. Clarke, Childhood’s End still remains one of my very favorite SF reads.
Given my proclivity for twists, turns, shocks, and surprises, is it any wonder I was such an avid reader of the Queen of Mystery?
I didn’t read very many children’s books growing up and, I’d argue, that Marshall’s George and Martha series, about two hippos and best of friends, was really written for adults with a quirky sense of humor.
I’ve been reading comic books all of my life and no series has had a greater impact on me than Chris Claremont’s seminal Uncanny X-Men run.