Wish I had the answers to this question, but truth is I just love to write! I have no real influences, other than good writers in general; you know the kind that grip you with every page.
My motivations for writing are varied, to get my mind off the mess of life I seem to be living; to better myself; to see if I can find that spark that will make people want to read my stories; and because I do enjoy compliments!!! (Don't get many normally)
All in all I just like to write and hope people enjoy what I write and can lend me positive feedback, and that maybe one day something I write will inspire someone else to either write or feel better about their own lives... And at the end of the day if my words (or even life) make someone think "Hey, I'm not the only one!" then it has all been worth it.