My Literary background consists primarily of reading up to this point. My first major influence was Dr Seuss. Who can forget Green Eggs and Ham? After the good Doctor, my next big influence was Stan Lee. I was a child of the '60's and the comics at Marvel that he did entranced me.
From these humble beginnings, I branched out. I read just about everything, from fantasy to biographies. I enjoy Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, but I also enjoyed a bio of FDR called No Ordinary Time.
I think W.E.B. Griffin writes some great series if you enjoy military fiction.