Last Friday I was invited by a school organization to talk with 60 high school students about writing. Loved it. Though I'm not a natural at public speaking, get me talking about writing and I can go on and on.
I could tell some kids in the audience would rather have been back in their classrooms, heads bent over their books, pretending to read, and instead catching a few zzzz's before the bell rang for the next period. But others listened, bright-eyed and leaning forward in their seats. Seeing them, I knew if they weren't already writing their own stories, they would be soon. They had that look in their eye.
And that someday came true, thanks in part to Mrs. Clarke's author friend.
What about you? Who inspired you to be a writer?