I'm 24 years old, and i've been writing stories since I was 10.
I have also been reading books seriouly since I was 10.
The first real book I read was "Terror on Cemetery Hill", I remeber that it was about a zombie that haunted a cemetary. It was really good, a page turner. When I got to the end of this book, I was both shocked and disappointed. It turned out that the zombie was a man in a mask in a Scooby-Dooesque ending. The book gave a my first glance in the world immagination in books. My fifth grade teacher challenged myself as well as the rest of my class to really visualize what we read while we're reading it. Almost immediately upon teaching us he began reading stories to us. I can remember picturing the world of the Wayside school books among others. It was when he had us read Holes along with him that sealed my interest in reading books. The way Louis Sacher described the characters I thought that I was there. I remember saying to myself, "I can't wait to see this movie". There was no holes movie back then, but when it finally came out I rushed to see it. The book was better, the film did not stay faithful to the book. This same teacher got me started into writing my own stories. I remember the first story he had us write, "Dr. FicklePickle". I made mine a horror story. It scared him so bad, that scared me back by calling my mom to the school from work. For years I censored my work for school, and uncensored it for myself.
I love reading my own stories, it helps me grow as a writer. Sometimes I say, "woah I wrote that?', and sometimes I say, "wow I wrote that.....".
I read all the time, I like being taken to other imaginative worlds.
The next book on my list is "Chariots of the Gods".
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