I've been thinking a lot lately about our being under the influence as writers--and no, I don't mean this in the DUI sense!
As writers, we're all influenced by something, whether it be by choice or enviroment. For me, I grew up on a steady diet of cop stories, and watched a ton of CHIPS and COPS. Now, I write solely about cops. I would actually be a little concerned if I wrote anything else. I'm in my element with the thriller and mystery genres.
So you tell me: what has influenced you as a writer?