Movies and books are a massive part of most people's upbringing. Most of us have a favorite that reminds us of our childhood when life was a bit simpler and more carefree.

My parents read a lot to me as a child. My dad was far more entertaining because he delivered a goofy element to his storytelling. I believe that my passion for books and writing began to form at an early age because I was read to.

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The one-year anniversary of the first book I published recently passed. It got me thinking about all the books that directly impacted me at a young age. Works such as Where the Wild Things Are, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Giving Tree are all examples of books I loved reading as a kid.

In the case of Where the Wild Things Are, the book was made into a movie in 2009 and I watched it with my daughter repeatedly from age seven and up. She loves the film (and book) to this day, and is currently studying to be a book editor at the University of Washington.

Stand By Me, Star Wars: Episode IV- A New Hope (1977), The NeverEnding Story, and Time Bandits all remind me of my childhood. They are part of who I am today, and I have my parents to thank for that.

In this day of tablets and crazy phones that deliver instant data to us, I still prefer the printed word on paper. Books and newspapers are what inspired me to write, and we should always read to our children when we can.

What book or movie had the biggest impact on you growing up in Idaho?

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