Who are the writers you most admire? Who are your writing mentors?
At this point, I have so many writers I admire. I have read so many great authors over the years and a few have stood out to me. Currently I admire those writers who are also parents and raising their families. As a homeschool Mom of 2 boys I find it hard to balance educating them with housework (which I suck at), and writing. At the end of the day my brain is so wiped out that I will often think about writing and never get any farther than the thinking about stage. I have come across several authors in the homeschool world that really amaze me. One particular author is actually a married couple Hal and Melanie Young authors of Raising Real Men, they homeschool their boys and write and share their message. While I haven't read Raising Real Men I have read other homeschool products they have written and my family has been blessed by those e-books.
I truly admire any author that manages to raise their children and write their book while maintaining some sense of reality and sanity. I'm sure that sounds somehow cliche' but honestly I know I can easily get lost in the stories I write and forget about the real world for a time and while that is a part of the job of being a writer, I still have responsibilities that take priority in my world.
So , here's to the balance that I hope we all manage to find as we write and raise our children and maybe just maybe instill in them a love of writing or at least reading.