My influences include Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allen Poe, Anton Chekov, Stephen King, Sylvia Plath, Agatha Christie, Victoria Holt, Judy Blume, Maurice Sendak...I could go on and on and on. It might be easier to say what I HAVEN'T been influenced by.
The motivations behind my writing are simply this - if I don't write my spirit withers and I die. Figuratively, of course. But what's the difference when you're just passing through life doing the day to day humdrum. Writing gives my soul the expression it requires - not desires - requires. To write is to live. Period.