Tagged by fellow scribbler, Lisa Wardle, to do this exercise on Facebook, I thought I’d throw it on Myperbole instead: 15 in 15.

The instructions imply influences of all sorts, not necessarily literary.

The Rules:
Don’t take too long to think about it.
15 influences, authors and poets  included, who’ve influenced you and that will always stick with you.
List the first 15 you can recall in no more than 15 minutes.

Okay, here goes:

1. My beautiful wife
2. My wondrous son
3. My incredible daughter
4. My tenacious loving mother
5. My sensitive wordplaying father
6. My brilliant authoring brothers
7. Mr Wade, grade 7 teacher
8. Venero Armanno
9. Nick Earls
10. John Birmingham
11. Rebecca Sparrow
12. Gabriel Garcia Marquez
13. Ben Elton
14. George Orwell
15. WP Kinsella

Honourable Mentions:

Andrew McGahan
Peter Carey
Carl Hiaasen
Fertility issues
Sports (all of them)
The ‘Unreliable Narrator’ technique
Beer (mostly lager)
Long showers (mostly without beer)