The biggest influence I have at wanting to be an author is my love for reading. I read daily, often finishing an entire novel in a single day. My favorite genre is fantasy/mystery. Charlaine Harris, I would have to say, is my favorite author. I fell in love with her Sookie Stackhouse novels and finished them all in less than two weeks.
I have also been greatly influenced to write by reading the House of Night novels by P.C. Cast and her daughter. Pre-teen and teenage kids are my target audience, but I believe adults will also enjoy my style of writing and the world I have created with my novels.