Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson, then I read Catriona which was the second part of the same book. This book, bound in blue cloth and with very thin paper but elegant font, I got for Christmas. It stood on my book shelf for years. Reading that beautiful prose was tricky at first but when I got stuck into it I began to appreciate his power of description and his talent for suspense. A great read for a young boy. That book sowed the seed in the back of my mind - to be able to write and create whatever story you wanted seemed the best thing in the whole world.
I enjoyed a lot of genre fiction throughout middle and high school, but I think Harry Potter really spurred me on to not only read more, but write my own stuff. I wouldn't credit it as the only source for my writing; it was more like the spark that ignited the kindling that was already there. Every book I read after just fed the fire.
The book that inspired me to write was "Harriet the Spy." I loved the way she would run around with her little notebook and record the world around her. It's something I've wanted to do ever since, and I do everyday. Knowing that everything around me is a potential article keeps me interested in life.
"Little Women"--since I was a little girl, I guess I've always fancied myself another "Jo" Her character's perseverance to continue pursuing her writing/getting published because she loves it, and despite failure, is inspiring. I try to re-read it every couple years.
Ultimate Spider-man issue 10. Read it in my 5th grade teacher's class. That teacher inspired me with writing and when he saw how much I liked to read the comics he had in class he gave me the idea about writing comic books. Thank you Mr. Wolfe.