As writers, our true selves are synthetic products, comprised of the stirrings and thoughts that drove us to write in the first place, as well as those writers we begged, borrowed, and stole from in learning our craft and in coming to terms with ourselves. It's the same with all writers, all the way back to the first storytellers, who took their own cues from the thunder and lightning and sabertooth tigers and so forth.
I ripped off whole tons of writers, sometimes all in the same piece of work: Hammett, Engels, Ellroy, Genet; Trotsky, Vidal, David Freeman, Ross Thomas; above all, the dialogue master, the great George V. Higgins.
If you steal, and you will, steal big!
So who were the writers you took from to learn how to say the things that you need to say, in the way that you need to say them?