I had a subscription to Twinkle magazine which i read from cover to cover but I don't remember the process of learning to read.
I remember writing stories at primary shcool. When I was nine we lived in Belgium for a year for my dad's work and I wrote and illustrated a book, probably because I didn't speak Flemish therefore couldn't watch TV. it was lost during the move back to Scotland and i can't even remember what it was about.
My teachers and parents would have been my first readers.
My favorite childhood books generally involved some sort of ghost story.
I began keeping a diary at a very young age. I documented a good portion of my childhood because of my love for writing.
Once I began my original Cake Critic blog, my readers consisted mostly of Americans, however, now I have an international following, as well.
I was so much fond of reading, but eventually I lost the habit to many years of war in our country, I never had the pleasure of reading the way I did before. I used to read poetry from Hafiz, Sadi, Bidel, and other Afghan poets. I read everything that I came across. I begun to write when I lived in England. It was about my own dramatic life.
I have always been an avid reader. Going to the library with my father was the one activity we shared. I was his only child who would accompany him to the library on Saturday mornings. Literature quickly became my fascination. However, I did not begin writing until after my daughter was grown and I had the time to indulge myself in the fantasy which is necessary for creative writing. In the beginning only very close friends and family read what I wrote. Now that I am published my creations are out there for everyone to read. It's a bit like being naked for the whole world to inspect. It's naughty, exciting and a bit scary.
The first book I can remember reading cover to cover was the BFG by Roald Dahl. I began writing comics with a friend when I was just eight or nine years old and moved onto children's stories for my baby sister when i was 12. My family were the first to read what I wrote.
At 7 my mother read to me Frank Herbert's "Dune". Around 10 & 11, I consumed Asimov, Bradbury, & Hienlen. I remember writing a story for school called "The Gaman Umps" (German Apes) which was an alternate future inspired by Planet Of The Apes.
As a kid, I read constantly, but it never occurred to me to actually try writing something of my own until my sixth grade teacher assigned us Alanna the First Adventure (by Tamora Pierce) and The Blue Sword (by Robin McKinley); after I read those two books, with their gripping story lines and their strong female heroines, I knew thatís what I wanted to do one day. The only problem was that I was extremely shy about sharing my writing - I didn't let anybody read my stuff for a very long time.
Anything I could get my hands on. Enid Blyton's Famous Five and The Secret Seven. A real favourite of mine was Harriet the Spy. Once when I had mumps I worked my way through the odd book collection at home reading everything from books about Jesus to poetry books to sci-fi.
My first memories of me writing are when I was about 6. I used to make books with lists of animals from A-Z, the odder the better. I kept diaries since I was an angst-ridden pre-teen. The usual stuff. Who I liked, who didn't like me.
I was always very private with my writings. My family saw the odd piece. I'm better now at showing my work to people.
I always loved stories & as a kid I even wrote a lot of poetry. I really got into writing more seriously when I attended a film school. Then I started writing scripts.
I needed to write a script for my school project & after that it just felt natural to keep writing scripts.
Few years ago, having nothing better to do, I started writing short stories & a novel trilogy, which hasnít been finished yet.
I always loved words. Before I was in kindergarten I would sit down with a newspaper and pick out the words i knew.
My very first significant read was "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien, which was quickly followed by the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I was completely hooked on the fantasy world that he created from the very first page. I still count "The Hobbit" and the Lord of the Rings among my favorite books to this day.
I have been writing for the past 33 years. I started writing because it provided a creative outlet for my vivid imagination. It began with short stories and poetry until I discovered my true love, which is writing fictional novels.
There are too many readers to say exactly who first read my work, but I would like to give a shout out to my fans in Australia, the U.K., and the United States. Without you, all of my work would be in vain!
Uncle Arthur's bedtime stories. I would like make up stories for essays in class and I would write down my feelings in poems. My parents.
My first book, or at least the first one I recall reading, was "The Wild Forest" and to this day it's one of my favorite books. It wasn't until years later that I started writing, but I can't say that this book in particular has had any impact on my works.
I started out with a small fan-fiction based on a game series I love and worked my way to novels over the course of 10 years, polishing my style, working with different imagery and wording and trying to say what I want to say with my creations.
My usual readers are my friends and fellow writers, although I occasionally receive an e-mail saying that my writing is very inspirational, so I guess it's not just them. That first piece of writing never got to see the light of day, as I wrote it on a piece of paper that's long lost.
My first novel that was unforgettable was Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer and Life on the Mississippi. I loved the characters and the dialogue Twain used for all of them. I started writing when I was called to active duty in the Navy air Reserve. The public affairs office at North Island NAS in San Diego Ca. needed a human interest writer for a weekly column. I volunteered and developed a following of sailors at that base. I later did technical writing for operational manuals for North American Aviation