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THR: Who were your influences growing up?
SGS: I grew up in a very book friendly household. My mother was the editor for a small Connecticut publisher. My stepfather was a rare used-book dealer so we had five thousand books in shelves in our basement, which had been converted into a library.
I always loved to read, but when I was twelve I got interested in genre, specifically Stephen King. I read the whole canon, got everything I could get my hands on. Every birthday gift was a new Stephen King or a first edition. I worshipped unapologetically at the altar of Stephen King and still do in way that's probably detrimental to my own development as a writer. It’s always nice to have a variety of influences. I was so mono-focused on one writer, on imitating him, on reading and rereading one writer in particular, everything he wrote no matter he wrote that's my fear. I also loved Bradbury and Asimov. I read Koontz and Orson Scott Card.