I believe that my writing style is affected by every different fiction author whose books I read. It's affected even more so by fantasy writers, which isn't surprising because the main genre I read and write is fantasy. In Grade One, when I was seven years old and writing stories that lasted anywhere up to 100 words, I had no particular influences. The stories I wrote were generally accounts of true events hidden (very badly) behind a creative guise.
I don't remember where all the magic in my stories came from. Maybe films and cartoons, or fairytales. But when I wrote my first "longer" story (A Whole New World, or something very similar), it seemed set in stone the kinds of stories I would be writing.
Every now and again when I'm writing, an alliteration springs forth and I have to stop and think . . . can I actually do that? Of course I can. Why not? Of course, when I revisit them in my readings, I'll have to decide whether they work or not. But for now they're not really doing any harm. Here's the example that inspired this post.
He filtered his memories over the sights before him. Black bark turned brown, bare branches burst full of autumn leaves.
So what books and authors have influenced your writing?