As a child I hated reading. Absolutely hated it. My mom would have to force me to sit down and do my reading school work. In 4th I was way behind in my reading level. Then I read The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner. From then on I lived in the library. I read everything I could get my hands on. By the time I had finished 6th grade I was reading at a high school level. Way ahead.
The Boxcar Children inspired me to read.
I think I have always loved science fiction and fantasy. Growing up two of my favorite movies were The Last Unicorn and The Neverending Story 2 (side note - I did not read the books until I was much older). These movies captured my imagination and lead naturally into reading science fiction and fantasy.
The Last Unicorn and The Neverending Story 2 inspired me to love fantasy.
I have also always told stories. It started out as make believe and a natural love for talking. Shortly after I fell in love with reading I started to write my own stories. I still have the first one I ever wrote. It was about a mouse. I had been reading a lot of Brian Jacques at the time.
Reading inspired me to write.
What inspires you?