3 authors really inspired me to tell my story my way. Chuck Klosterman, Sex, Drugs & Cocoa Puffs. I love the way Chuck charges down a rabbit hole chasing the faintest wiff of a story and then dramatically reigns himself with, "ANYWAY..." Chuck inspired me to chase my own rabbits.
David Sedaris, When You Are Engulfed in Flames. His use of self-depreciating humour made me belly laugh for an entire flight. As I wiped tears from my eyes I remember swearing that the day I wrote my book I'd make people laugh until they cried too. David inspired me to be an author that would make readers cry...in a good way!
And Bob Haverluck, a political cartoonist and retired United Church minister who poured me a glass of wine, looked me in the eye and said, "a storyteller trusts his audience; a preacher doesn't. Don't be a preacher...be a storyteller." Bob inspired me to trust in the power of a great story.