Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first story, but the earliest book I remember reading was a large, illustrated book of fairy tales (I still have it!). The stories were greatly condensed, but retained the important elements. I am sure it was a huge inspiration for my love of fairy tales in particular, and fantasy stories in general.
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Who are your favorite authors?
Dr. Seuss, Roald Dahl, Astrid Lindgren, Madeleine L'Engle, Lemony Snicket, Anne McCaffrey, Lois Lowry, Jane Yolen, Diane Duane, Diana Wynne Jones, Gail Carson Levine.