Schooled locally in English Literature.
Major Influences, well...I'll go by book titles and authors as much as possible. The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Most of anything written by Chuck Palahniuk & Philip K. Dick. Various mythologies, philosophies, & theologies coupled with history and a little idea I like to call Deconstruction.