As it is a dreary (desperately needed) rainy day, I’m feeling up for something nostalgic.
So I’m posing the question: What book first turned you on to writing? Or reading, if that’s your preference.
I can’t remember exactly when it was I first wanted to write. I’ve always loved making up stories. When I was in first grade, people would ask what my favorite subject was and I would say “writing.” Then they’d ask what my least favorite was and I would say “spelling.” I found it incredibly confusing that people would always laugh.
The first book I remember really falling in love with though, was The Grand Escape by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.
I was probably eight years old the first time I read this juvenile book, and ten years the last time, but for some reason, this cute comedic story about two runaway house cats really stuck with me. I had to have read it at least six times in a row. And then I went out and bought the sequels. I think I'd memorized half the dialogue. If there was ever a book that made me want to be a writer, this was it.
I started writing my own "cat adventure stories," trying to re-create The Grand Escape feel. When people asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said “a writer, like Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.” So I guess you could say she was my first role model... that wasn't fictional :P