Sherman Alexie — poet, fiction writer, screenwriter, etc — seems to be a fitting writer to start with in our mixed-up, muddled-up, multi-genre writing world. He recently won a National Book Award for a Young Adult book, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian. Click here for a review in the NY Times.
Here he talks about his early start as a writer, reader, and thinker. Interestingly, he — not unlike you — made a big decision to go to a different (“better”) high school and — not unlike you — his early writing life was heavily influenced by creative writing classes (though later, in college). He talks about lots of other stuff too: flag football, water on the brain, and why/how he stopped drinking. Check it out.