My mother always said that she didn't know where I got my interest in baking-- "Not from me!" she'd say. She was my biggest fan, however!
My Grandmother was an influence though, sadly I only have one of her recipes (and it never turns out as good as hers!) I did take possession of her rolling pin and a few old cupcake tins that were hers and I still use!
My neighbor, Mrs. Fekete, gave me a Betty Crocker Cookbook to look for ideas to help me pick a project for a creativity fair at school--I made an igloo cake and won a ribbon!
Then in my 20's I picked up a book "Creative Cakes" (written by Stephanie Crookston) and thought I'd try a few. I've been baking/decorating at varying levels of intensity ever since.