Ray Bradbury, writer of Fahrenheit 451, offers up his love of books in his interview. I love how Ray has intimate relationships with writers and how they were friends for him. I couldn't agree more with him. During my childhood books were my escape from my reality.
I love how he used the UCLA typing room as his office to write Fahrenheit 451. And how he describes the characters as people that talk to him through the books. I have this too but in the last novel I wrote they all seemed to be pretty pissed off at me...there was a lot of cold shoulders. This current work in progress they all have something to say and fight for my attention.
Ray made me smile when he stated, that "we all need to jump and we will build our wings on the way down." Just write and the skills will develop, for those who persist.