An essay writer/participant in school contests back in elementary, worked with the school paper in high school, pretty much procrastinated in college but the love for literature never waned. The first real novel I read was "Sleepers" by Lorenzo Carceterra. My influences are Agatha Christie, E.L. Doctorow, Caleb Carr, Ann Rice, Amy Tan, Joyce Carol Oates, Alfred Yuson, Mikael de Lara Co., etc.
I'd love to be a novelist but my impatience steers me to poetry. Prose just takes too long to write & my impairment lies in wanting to read the output at once.