I remember reading things on author's websites and I see constantly that they were all inspired by someone. And it's noticeable in the way they write. It's not that they are copying someone else's style, more like taking their favorite parts of it and fine tuning it to fit their own personality.
But where does inspiration end and the hazard of plagiarizing begin? I never had the chance to ask my creative writing teacher but I'm sure that if I had she wouldn't have been a very helpful source of information-it was always just "look it up". But I would really like to know what other people's opinion on this are.