Wherever you go there you are.
I might have been more careful if I'd known that a diet of fantasy would change my entire view of the world. Because, after years of ingesting the stuff, I really do believe that we live in a place where something strange, odd, scary or wonderful may be waiting just around the next corner. Turn west when the wind's blowing in the right direction, and who knows what you might find?
Add to that fantasy a steady and happily devoured list of young adult books. Start with Gone Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright, and Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle, which fall right into the middle of YA and fantasy. Throw in some Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew and come up to today where I still read and enjoy YA lit. All the time!
Because of this, I write books for teens -- fantasy and urban fantasy and sometimes sort of out-there, not quite one thing, not quite another. What else would you do with the crazy mix of books I've used to shape what I see around me? Proof right here -- reading can change you in ways you've never imagined!
Read, wander, and may you come across something wonderful.