I have always known that Isaac Asimov is the main reason I write Science Fiction. I read ‘I Robot’ when I was eight and never looked back. But there have been a bunch of other authors who have inspired me.
Diana Wynne Jones: I love all her books, but my favourite is ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’. Was there ever a more feisty protagonist that Sophie?
Terry Pratchett: The Discworld books are the perfect example of how good characterisation can carry forward a good plot.
Neil Gaiman: No one does adorkable creepy better than Neil. His most famous creation, the Endless, are perfection.
Michael Pryor: I first read ‘Heart of Gold’ and I was hooked. His Steampunk series are among the best you will ever read.
Ged Maybury: It was Ged who actually introduced me to the concept of Steampunk.
Angela Carter: The mistress of the short story and the novel. Her feminism coloured her writing but never overwhelmed it.
Angela Slatter: No one can write a modern fairy tale with the style of Miss Angela. No one.
So … who inspires you?