I have generally taken it for granted that every author, whether they be published or unpublished, has one specific book they read during their childhood that planted the seed which would eventually grow into the desire to be a storyteller. I know that I can trace the beginning of my own journey to becoming an author to a book I first read when I was just seven years old. From that moment, reading and writing became my principal hobbies (although being born into poverty meant I couldn’t afford to do much else).
The book in question was C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe. That probably won’t come as too much of a surprise to some of you; it’s hard to think of another children’s book that has been quite as influential. In fact, I’m sure many of you will understand why the seven year old me stepped into my bedroom wardrobe, in a futile attempt to visit Narnia, because of my love for the book. You might not want to admit it as an adult, but many of you surely must have done the same when you were children.
It’s not really necessary to go into why Lewis’ classic has had such a profound and lasting effect on my life (that’s not the point of this post), but I firmly believe that had I not read the book during my formative years I would not be pursuing the life of an author today. Come to think of it, I would almost certainly be a different person, too.
The Chinese philosopher Lao Tze is believed to have said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” With that in mind, it’s obvious to me that reading The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe was the first step on my road to becoming an author. But what about the rest of you? I’m curious to know what books are responsible for other people’s writing aspirations. Feel free to leave a reply in the comment box, below.