Today I'm answering this question from Christine Tyler's Sparkfest:
What book made you realize you were doomed to be a writer?
This little chapter book (yes, I still have it), M for Mischief by Richard Parker, copyright 1965, is what sparked me!
I was in the third grade when I read it. It was about 3 children who found an old stove in a summer cottage. The strange thing about it was that it only had one setting -- "M". The children boiled an egg on "M" and when Andrew ate it, he disappeared. The stove was magic!
As soon as I read the book, I tried to write my own book filled with magic, but it did not turn out very well.
That was my start. How about you? What childhood book inspired you?