Mavis Gallant was one of my writing mentors. She both inspired me and scared me. I wish I had the courage to follow in her footsteps. My fiction career was put on hold while I raised my daughter and pursued a career as a first a technical writer and then travel journalist. I remember her words of advice: "Read, read, read and then read some more. It will all get tumbled together and help your find your voice." I'm still searching. Finding it is my goal this year when I turn 57.