Welcome to my monthly feature I’m calling Caffeine Corner. Once a month I’ll be posting a little something and giving away a free copy of a book (could be an e-book too—depending on my mood) and a fun mug to one person who comments and who has subscribed to my blog.
So, this month I’m going to talk about teachers.
Teaching is one of the jobs I respect most—teachers are underpaid, overworked, and have one of the most important jobs in society—helping to educate the children who will grow up and run the world. I’ve written before about one of my most memorable teachers—Mrs. Weed (it’s on a prior post, which probably isn’t back up yet). But along the way, I’ve had other wonderful teachers. My 9th grade teacher was named Mrs. Eakin, and she encouraged me in my writing. She gave me extra work when I wanted it, and was one of the first to tell me that if I kept writing, she knew I’d make it. And the next year—when I started college—(yes, I was 15 and skipped high school)—my teacher Dr. Johnson was the next to take an interest in my writing. His encouragement mattered to me. Some years later, Dr. Powell was the next to tell me “Grit your teeth and hang in there, because you have what it takes.”
All of these teachers played a part in shaping me as a writer—all of them gave me the gift of encouragement, of teaching me to believe in myself and my writing. So now, in the back-to-school month of the year, I ask you this: which teachers were an influence on you and how?
Along with your comment, please specify whether you are in the US and that you are 18+. Make certain you subscribe to my blog. I’ll pick one of you to send a backlist copy of one of my books (print this time) and a mug that you can fill with whatever drink you want while you curl up in the summer sun to read. Enter by midnight September 14th.