Want to get to know some of the creative writing masters behind "Take My Word For It!"? Meet this month's teacher spotlight, Casey Busher! Name: Casey Busher

Currently working at: Hillcrest

Hometown: Berkeley

What’s your favorite bookstore? It's since closed down, but I loved shopping at West Side Stories in Santa Cruz when I went to school there. It smelled great, like old books, and played Ella Fitzgerald. They sold really cheap editions of Shakespeare plays and other books from the 60's and 70's, with strange colorful covers.

What’s your favorite VERB?  BASK

If your life was a book, what would be the title? My Cup Runneth Over: I Spilleth on Myself

Did a teacher inspire you to be a writer? How? Yes, a professor in college praised me, which is always encouraging, but my third-grade teacher inspired me a lot too, by teaching me about Greek mythology and cursive in the same year; my early writing packed at least three adjectives per sentence.