Who in your life has most inspired your writing?
My inspiration to write was born at the Bayliss Public Library in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, where my mom would take me nearly every week to check out books, so of course I owe a lot to my mom. When I think about how I started writing though, I think of the following people:
- Mrs. Malmberg in 1st grade for entering me in the Young Authors contest (blue ribbon, baby!)
- Mrs. Lenhart in 2nd grade for choosing to send me to the weekend writing extracurricular at Washington School
- Mrs. Cymbalist in 3rd grade for telling me I was a smart girl and a good writer
- Ms. Burt in 4th grade for a one-week "choose your own adventure" writing project that I loved
- Mr. Anderson in 5th grade for indulging my strange and fleeting need to write opera librettos
- Mrs. Possamai in 6th grade for making us keep journals and encouraging me to keep writing
- Mr. Michaud and Mrs. Michaud in 7th and 8th grade, because they were awesome and encouraging
- Mrs. Faunt in 9th grade, for praising my writing enough to make my little head spin
- Mrs. Alexander in 10th grade, for putting creative twists on all our assignments, and letting me write poetry to my heart's content
- Mr. Bethke in 11th grade, we didn't do so much creative stuff with him but he still made me feel smart
- and last, but not at all least, Mrs. Shavlik in 12th grade, for pushing me harder than anyone else and helping me improve my writing and analytical skills by tenfold, I wish I could have thanked you personally after I got my AP test scores.
Teachers, you are awesome. Your guidance makes a huge difference and a lasting impression, and when you tell a kid she is good at something, she will never forget it.