As an adult, I've found it interesting to have the perspective about how certain things from our childhood shape us, and books should certainly be included in that. Looking back, I realize that even if the genre is different, and the characters certainly are, that the themes I write about aren't so different.
I didn't read a lot of humorous books when I was young. For the "Elliot" series, that's my own voice at work. But the danger and adventure Elliot finds along the way is undoubtedly impacted by my early book choices. And for "The False Prince," which comes out next April, the suspense, danger, and intrigue also have some credit due to the authors I loved most as a child.
Stop on by From the Mixed Up Files and leave a comment about the books that shaped you most while you were young!