I learned to read and write at the age of four and I never stopped. As a kid, I remember reading everything from newspapers to my grandma's novels, basically everything I could lay my hands on. Of course, I was driving my parents crazy with my questions. I wrote poems, short stories and plays that I performed with my puppet theater. I was always reading or writing, and books were my most beloved "toys" when I was a little girl.
I think I was born with this obsession with words in any form. I speak eight languages and words fascinate me. As an author, I love playing with them and pushing their boundaries.
My mum was and still is my first reader, my biggest critic and my most supportive fan.
I first read a children's book about a koala who tried to change its diet. But the koala failed. But my first writing was in year 1. I wrote a fanfic based on Captain Planet and the Planeteers. My classmates were the readers for that
I have always been a journal writer. I have a box full of journals that I have kept since I was 13 years old. So, when I first started to travel the world, it was a pretty easy thing to continue to write about it!
My friends and family were the first to see my writing style. Not in my journal, unless my little brother found my journal under my bed :) When I was out backpacking the world, I would send "Group Emails" home via email (before my blogging days) and tell everyone the crazy things I was getting up to!
The first book I read was Michael Naimy's "The Last Day". The people around me were encouraging so I began writing. My online friends were the first to read my writings
I told stories before I could even write! I started school at age 4 and learned to read very soon.
It was coming of age novels that first set my mind off dreaming. Catcher In The Rye, On The Road, Portrait of a Young Artist, etc. My mom, a writer, was the first to see something in me. I remember I used the word '"coltish" to describe something and she went batty over it. I think I felt I could write right then.
A man of Respect. I do not remember exactly, but when I was 13 years old, I started to write poems for the paper sheet. First my works read a family.
The first book I truly enjoyed reading was Johnathon Livingstone Seagull, it was a book that was a compulsory read in school and the only book that I enjoyed and "got" while most others in the class hated it and thought it was stupid.
I began writing in journals as a form of therapy. For myself, the most interesting part of writing in pen and paper mode is the differences in the actual hand writing or printing:which for me, says a lot, or explains a lot about how I am feeling on that day.
The first people who *really* got to read what I wrote, were friends and family that I could trust sharing my writings with.
I then went on to write for Examiner and am in the process of writing a memoir, which I have shared only parts with, with very special people, including my editors and a possible publisher.
Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
I read stories with my parents and grandmother. I loved fairy tales. They were spooky, but I liked that. Then I graduated to Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, the Black Stallion, Robin Hood, adventure stories and mysteries.
I first started writing about 12 years ago. My novel was actually suppose to be a movie, but due to lack of funds and connections, a book is the next best choice.
The first book I ever read was Diary Of Anne Frank. I began to write when I was at the age of 12. I found a passion in writing and I just havent stop since. The very first person to read my writing was my best friend Sarah.
Every summer, I spent my entire vacation back and forth to the library. I think I would take out ten books at a time, reading at least one a day. I was hooked on books. I loved the mystery section. I must have read every Nancy Drew book out there.
Not quite sure it's the first, but definitely one of the first I ever read: Charlotte's web.
I started with writing some bad fanfiction for a tv series (to my defence, I was in high school and bored), but that was ages ago (like, 20 yrs or so); a friend of back in the days read it. Since then I changed my focus on something original that was more a collection of vignettes (for my eyes only), Tolkien based role play stories (for all those who visited that particular messageboard I was a member of), and now back to original work (which I hope to get published).
First read - history books. Then Jules Verne. Then got into movies, lots and lots of movies.