My teacher, Ann Campanella, is also an author and a poet. She inspired me to write books. I know I couldn't have gotten through this process without her. She guided me through crafting my book, helped me edit and talked me through difficult plot problems. With my first book, she didn't care that I couldn't spell or write quickly. She showed me that I could do it by dictating it to my mom. She saw the writer in me even when I didn't.
Please check out her poetry books and her new memoir, Motherhood: Lost and Found on her website www.anncampanella.com.