tenses under influence!

1) As a writer, I was influenced by the work of Kafka, which I read at a very young age.

2) As a writer, I am influenced by the work of Kafka, which I read at a very young age.

3) As a writer, I have been influenced by the work of Kafka, which I read at a very young age.

Are all three correct?

Is there a difference in the meaning?

a) I read Kafka before I started writing, but the influence was there when I started to write

b) the influence was there but is not there anymore

c) the influence is still there

My problem with '2' is that to me it implies that I am still being influenced by Kafka. But even if the influence is still there, I am not being influenced by him, or am I?

I am a bit confused!

Gratefully,

Navi

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