#7: Someone who inspires you.
This is Jonathan Stroud on the right in a picture not taken by me. That is Jonathan Stroud’s signature in a backwards picture on the left, very decidedly taken by me a few seconds ago. I have been re-reading the Bartimaeus Trilogy again recently and I have to say that I really think reading those books as a kid really influences the way I write now and certainly what my interests are. You’re a cool dude, Stroud.
Also, once when I was… in middle school, I think… I won a runner-up prize for character designing for a contest he held and so that’s why my books are signed by him. It’s the only time I’ve ever won something, to my knowledge.