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    • When I was a child, I started to write around the age of eight, having been introduced to Charles Kuralt by my late father. To say that I was inspired by Kuralt would be an understatement, as I truly idolized him growing up. Later when I was in high school, my father introduced me to Allen Ginsberg, and I wrote (cringeworthy) poetry for a short time.

      Today I generally listen to Sarah McLachlan when I write.

      Who inspired or continues to inspire you as a writer?

    • I'm not much of a writer, but in terms of inspiration and general feeling of a master wielder of English language there's hardly anyone more inspirational for me than William Gibson.

      And in terms of music, if you like Sarah McLachlan, you might enjoy this definitely retro website -

    • I'm embarrassed to say I don't read as much as I'd like to, but there are still certain writers who are such artists with words that I can't help but think of them when I write - Neil Gaiman, Patrick Rothfuss to name a couple. I tend to enjoy reading fantasy and sci-fi more than anything else, even though I'm writing historical fiction!

      What inspires me on a daily basis is my relationship I've developed with my characters. They are like friends I have made and have gotten to know, and I can't wait to visit them to see what they are going to do next. Sometimes I'm even the one surprised!

      I also think about my end reader. I am motivated to make progress to get closer to my story ending up in their hands. I think it has the potential to help and inspire them, and that keeps me going.

    • Karl May, J.R.R. Tolkien and this awesome lady:

      Not sure if her books are available in English but I loved her stories so much I wrote my own Wild West novel at the age of six. It involved a lot of horse riding and tracking and I remember forever terrorizing my parents to buy me a horse and trying to convince them he could live happily and comfortably in the balcony of our tiny city apartment!

      I later moved onto Erich Maria Remarque, Herman Hesse, Lord Byron, Goethe, Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut, Jack Kerouac, Salman Rushdie and Gabriel Garcia Marquez and from then on, I'm always looking for that strange feeling of yearning you get when you close the last page of a really good book. It's a bit melancholy, a sort of longing - it makes you look out the window for a moment and wonder, and then you look back around you and everything is the same the wallpaper and the furniture and your hands... but you aren't the same, even if it's for a brief moment. If I still get that feeling after reading a book, I feel inspired!

      For my own writing, I love just listening to people's stories, especially if there's a little superstition or a fragment of a fairy tale or an old saying in their speech, and if they're doing something very ordinary in a very extraordinary way. I'm fascinated how easily and seamlessly the real and the imagined can merge in people's everyday lives and situations.

    • I have always been in awe of Ray Bradbury’s short story writing. Pick any of his short stories, read the first line and you are immediately hooked!

      His word choice is so spot-on that you feel that you need a thesaurus strapped to your side if you want to reach his level. But I find that motivational and it motivates me to take another crack when I’m stuck with an “almost right” word.

      The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—'tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.

      Mark Twain

      I’m sure that there are others who subconsciously have had an impact on my writing, however, Ray Bradbury has stuck around in my head the longest.

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