I really like Jayne Ann Krentz, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Augusten Burroughs, Jen Lancaster, Jodi Piccoult, and V.C. Andrews.
When did you first start writing?
I can remember writing very short stories for my friends in grade school. I remember trying to cheer up a friend who was going through a tough situation by writing a story about that situation and giving it a happy ending. I have been writing as long as I can remember, short stories, poems, song lyrics etc. I wasn't brave enough to publish anything until I did it on Smashwords.