The first story I remember writing was a mystery about two girls and an old library. It probably came from a Mary Kate and Ashley movie, but I remember carrying around that piece of paper as if it were precious. I can't remember a time when I wasn't making up stories. Writing is more than a hobby for me, it's a therapy--a way to make sense of the things I experience, and to escape reality when I need a break. My mom used to read to me every night before bed, and when I got older, I would read to her. Books have always been a part of my life, development, and understanding. I love all kinds of stories--but especially ones that capture real emotions, and make you feel like the world is full of possibilities.
Oh boy, is that a list! A few are: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, Anne of Avonlea by L.M.Montgomery, Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, The False Prince by Jennifer A.Nielson, The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley, Rook by Sharon Cameron, Cinder by Marissa Meyer, The Juliet Club by Suzanne Harper.
"I know how dark and lonely the world must feel. But you can always find a kind person who's willing to shine a light on you when you need it. And eventually you'll learn to shine light on others in need." ~The Hostile Hospital, Lemony Snicket