Do you have a mentor? I think it was much more common a generation ago for writers to latch onto more senior authors and to learn from them. Not as an apprentice exactly, but as student outside the classroom. But I don't hear about it so much these days.
So, who is your mentor? Who would you choose for your mento if you could? (Since we're fantasizing here, no need to limit yourself to living people, but let's try to avoid the fictional.) Why? And how do you feel about being a mentor yourself?
While we're on the subject, do you know of any interesting historical mentor-mentee relationships?