I believe the first book I read was a Dr. Suess book. My mother could probably tell you, because I certainly can't. Let's say "Green Eggs and Ham" when I was two years old. That sounds about right.
I started writing in elementary school, when everyone learns basic written skills. The idea of make-believe and storytelling always fascinated me and I just wanted to keep doing it. Teachers were the first people to actually read what I wrote and give me constructive criticism for it, as opposed to just a grade.
I've been writing my entire life. I started with poetry, and, after having several poems published, branched out into short fiction and then began working as a freelancer
Well....the first thing I read was Favorite Greek Myths by Mary Pope Osborne, I was 10 when I read it (I´m talking about books that I bought myself and read it just for own benefit) I began to write when I was 11, I wrote songs, poems, all that things and it was very funny because nobody gives me a sign or a rule about it...I found by myself my style and the kind of themes about I like to write. The first to read what I wrote was my literature teacher, and he was very pleased about my personal way to write.
I was always trying to read when I was younger because my older brother was in school and I wanted to do what he was doing so I begged my mom to read with me every night and before long I was reading anything I could get my hands on. I began writing because I was always making things up in my head and one day I decided to put them down. Most of my writing began in school so I think my teachers were probably the first to read things that I wrote.
I have been reading since I was a child. My parents actively encouraged reading and I fell in love with story when I was really young. Poems, folktales and Childcraft Library books were probably the first things I read, though obviously I read Tolkien voraciously after The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings were read to me. I grew up as a writer under the wings of Tolkien's works.
I began writing to write - rather than for school - in the summer between Grade 5 and Grade 6, after my Grade 5 teacher read the Hobbit and LOTR to our class.
My parents were probably my first audience, though I remember reading to friends, my brother and my class.
Pippi Longstocking, Walter Farley, The Phantom Tollbooth, Nancy Drew, and A Wrinkle in Time were my childhood favorites. Writing is something I have to do. My husband and a friend were my first readers.
"Aelita" by Alexei Tolstoy. At school me and friends were fascinated by Star Wars and started to write sequels and prequels. My friends obviousely were the first to read what I write.
I used to read a lot since childhood but my inclination and motivation always came from my mother who narrated a lot to us.
My family and some friends read what I wrote before I got published.
Gosh, the first thing I read? That's going back a bit. Shop fronts. A picture book about camping. The Hobbit, I guess, once we get past books for children who are still learning to read.
I began to write by putting my daydreams into words. A bloke I used to play AD&D with was the first person to read one of my books, and after that it was friends on the internet.