My English teacher senior year of high school She inspired me to pursue writing and that inspiration has stayed with me alll my life. She instilled a confidence in my tiny grain of talent, that if I educated myself and worked diligently, that grain would grow and multiply. I included a homage to her in my sixth book - a mystery set in Heaven. Without her encouragement, I would never have written my first book - much less five more. Mrs. Ritchie - thanks!