I’m sure most of you know how much I love to read. But I really only began to love books when I was around 13/14. I had a hard time learning to read and since I had such difficulty learning to read, I didn’t like it.
And as you can see, that changed for me. I love to read.
My mom homeschooled me and I had to read and keep a list of books I’d read throughout the year. She took me to Borders and let me pick out some books to read. One of the books I chose was The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.
The Outsiders (along with Slam! by Walter Dean Myers) was one of the books that really got me into reading.
I’ve been writing since I was 12. The first thing I wrote was a poem and then I began writing songs. After reading The Outsiders and finding out that S.E. Hinton was a female and wrote The Outsiders when she was only 16, I was inspired to write my own book.
The Outsiders is a book that has stuck with me since I first read it. I could relate to the characters, the story had so much emotion and in its own way, it changed me. And that’s when I knew what I wanted to do with my life. I wanted to do that, I wanted to write stories, poems and books. I wanted to write characters people could relate to, books that would touch someone, change their life.
It is because of S.E. Hinton that I want to be an author.
And when I found out that S.E. Hinton would be answering questions on Goodreads on June 17th, I joined the group and asked my question.
This was my question:
“Who is your biggest inspiration? Is there an author or someone else in your life that inspired you to become a writer?”
And S.E. Hinton’s answer was:
“The act of reading has been the major influence in my
life, not one particular author.”
So many people asked questions that she didn’t have time to answer them all. So I am happy that she did answer mine.
I read the other answers to questions and found out a few things: S.E. Hinton likes to watch Psych and is apparently writing a new book. It seems it’ll be another adult book.
I just thought it was awesome she came to Goodreads and answered questions. I don’t know if she does book signings anymore, but one day, I would like to be able to meet her and tell her how she has inspired me. Hopefully I get the chance to do so.