I have generally taken it for granted that every author, whether they be published or unpublished, has one specific book they read during their childhood that planted the seed which would eventually grow into the desire to be a storyteller.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).
If you are an aspiring fantasy and/or science fiction author without a literary agent, you might be interested to know that Grimlock Press, a small British publisher is currently accepting unsolicited manuscript submissions. You can visit their submissions page HERE for further details and instructions on submitting your manuscript for consideration. Good luck!