I specialize in writing realistic fiction; both historical and contemporary. I often get my ideas for stories from dreams. Some of my favorite authors are Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, H.G. Wells, John Steinbeck, Rod Serling, Richard Matheson (Twighlight Zone and I am Legend), and Earl Hamner (best known for "The Waltons").
In these times of mega novel series I think it's important to value the short stories, novelettes and novellas. A great story doesn't have to be the size of an unabridged dictionary.