I've been a writer for most of my life, ever since an old teacher got me interested in Greek myths. When most kids at that age wanted to go outside and play I wanted to sit down inside with a pencil and a piece of paper and write fantastical stories. I didn't mind one bit.
My favourite authors are Terry Pratchett, Stephen King and Derek Landy. Yes, a very diverse mix, but they're all writers with gigantic imaginations. So they're just like me.