This picture inspired some memories.
My love affair with the written word, with books, started early, when Mom would take my sister and me to the library near our apartment over the barbershop in Laurel, Maryland. I can still remember where my favorite books were shelved in the library.
By the time I was eight our family lived in a small house and I shared a room with my sister. I imagined my bed was a Magic Carpet and often I would have books stacked on it…so I guess, it was a Magic Carpet.
I was a chubby child, so playing outside was not my biggest thrill…reading was. One of my favorite books as pre-teen was The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare. I originally took it out of the library but as an adult I have a copy all to myself. Later, it was DuMaurier’s Rebecca that inspired me to become a writer.
As I get older I find that I need to spend part of every day reading and part of every day writing. Books still inspire me. I recently finished Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy and it inspired me to start working on a collection of short stories, stories about ordinary women and how even ordinary can be important.
How do books inspire your writing?