We asked our authors from around the world to share their thoughts on why they write, why they read, and the books that have influenced them.

Here’s what they had to say.

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Mark Twain’s quote “The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read” had a significant influence on me in my early years, which helped me take to reading seriously. More
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  • Good to Great
  • Barbarians at the Gate
  • No Logo
  • The Intelligent Investor
We are all mapmakers: We embed our memories everywhere, inscribing a private and intensely complicated latticework across the landscape. More
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  • Empire Of The Sun
  • Love and War in the Apennines
  • All The Light We Cannot See
  • Hilary Mantel
Reading books to me is one of the biggest joys in all of life. More
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  • Grace for the Moment
  • The Purpose Driven Life
  • Jesus Calling
  • John Eldredge
You’ve asked me to tell you why I write but I think the answer might be longer than the fifty or one hundred words you’ve allotted me. More
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  • Jane Eyre
  • Blonde
  • Barbara Taylor-Bradford
  • The Golden Notebook
Reading has always been a safe place for me. More
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  • Howl’s Moving Castle
  • Soman Chainani
  • The Graveyard Book
  • The Butterfly Lion
A book that influenced me and why: Middlemarch by George Eliot. More
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  • Coming of Age in Samoa
  • Fermat’s Last Theorem
  • Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
  • Seabiscuit
I read for the same reason I write. More
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  • Diana Palmer_
  • Sharon Kendrick
  • Heather Graham
  • The Perfect Neighbor
At every stage of life, since being a kid with a flashlight under the covers, reading has always been my favorite activity. More
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  • People of the Book
  • The Poisonwood Bible
  • Girl with a Pearl Earring
  • Pilgrim
I used to read to lead a lot of fiction, mostly for the escape—to be transported to other places and times. More
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  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Flow
  • Freakonomics
  • I’m OK—You’re OK
I read for many reasons. More
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  • Sharon Kendrick
  • 16 Lighthouse Road
  • Lynne Graham
  • Virgin River
I write because it’s something I love doing. More
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  • Mary Kubica
  • Cally Taylor
  • Caroline Overington
  • Emma Donoghue
I write because I want answers. More
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  • Mary Kubica
  • B A Paris
  • Jacqueline Winspear
  • Caroline Overington
I read because it’s in my DNA. More
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  • Stuart Little
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • Flat Stanley
  • Virginia Kirkus.
I write to twine ideas and images into big subversive pretzels of life, death, and goofiness—on the chance that, like the Trickster figure in tribal myths, they might help keep the world lively and give it the flexibility to endure. More
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  • T.C. Boyle
  • Michael Chabon
  • The Crying of Lot 49
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany
When I write, I have a specific reader in mind. More
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  • 16 Lighthouse Road
  • Sarah Morgan
  • Sharon Kendrick
  • Virgin River
I read so that I can learn and I write so that I can explore. More
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  • Howl’s Moving Castle
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia #1)
  • The Graveyard Book
  • Soman Chainani
Why I write: Some years ago, although enjoying great success, I was accused by certain literary critics of repeating myself too much in my work. More
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  • Gorky Park
  • The Hunt for Red October
  • James Rollins
  • Stuart MacBride
Like many teenagers, I spent more of my summer holidays than I probably should have immersed in the world of The Lord of the Rings. More
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  • Room
  • Cally Taylor
  • The Corrections
  • The Hours
I read in the way that I breathe, as a necessity of life. More
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  • A Prayer for Owen Meany
  • Michael Chabon
  • Pilgrim
  • Our Town
Why I write: To find out what I think. More
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  • People of the Book
  • The Hours
  • Pilgrim
  • The Stone Diaries
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  • Goodnight Moon
  • The Carrot Seed
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
When I get an idea for a novel the fizz of excitement I feel is electrifying. More
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  • Diana Palmer_
  • Nikki Gemmell
  • Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Barbara Taylor-Bradford
A book that influenced me and why: A Season in the Life of Emmanuel by Marie-Claire Blais More
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  • The Stone Diaries
  • The Hours
  • Bel Canto
  • The Shipping News
The simple answer is that I love a happy ending. More
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  • Sharon Kendrick
  • Sarah Morgan
  • Virgin River
  • Lynne Graham
The book that set a course. At The Book Thing in Baltimore I saw a man persistently searching over the used-book shelves. More
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  • Tom Robbins
  • The Dangerous Book for Boys
  • Kitchen Confidential
  • Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
I write because I love to read. More
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  • James Rollins
  • Gorky Park
  • The Hunt for Red October
  • Jack Higgins
I was brought up in a house where books were an essential part of the furnishings. More
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  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • Stuart Little
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon
  • Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik. Pictures bt Maurice Sendak. an I CAN READ book. (Cover)