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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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
  • Barbara Taylor-Bradford
  • Cecelia Ahern
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  • Goodnight Moon
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon
  • The Carrot Seed
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Whatever psychic wounds have turned me into a writer I am thankful for. More
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  • The Graveyard Book
  • Howl’s Moving Castle
  • Dodger
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia #1)
If not for My Family and Other Animals, by Gerald Durrell, I wouldn’t be a writer . . . mind you, I probably wouldn’t have had five treatments for rabies either. More
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  • MICHELE A'COURT
  • Jay Onrait
  • Tom Robbins
  • The Dangerous Book for Boys
I read to travel, and to learn. More
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  • A Game of Thrones
  • American Gods
  • Brave New World
  • The War of the Worlds
Why I write: To find out what I think. More
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  • People of the Book
  • The Hours
  • Pilgrim
  • The Stone Diaries
I read to be astounded by other writers’ ideas. More
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  • Sabriel
  • The Weirdstone of Brisingamen
  • Garth Nix
  • The Graveyard Book
Dear HarperCollins: You ask me, “Why do you read? Why do you write?” Well, I mean, duh. More
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  • Brave New World
  • neil gaiman
  • American Gods
  • A Game of Thrones
When I say I have the need to write, I do mean need. More
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  • Jane Eyre
  • Lauren Weisberger
  • Woman of Substance
  • The Shipping News
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
  • No Logo
  • The Intelligent Investor
  • Barbarians at the Gate
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
  • Bradley Trevor Greive
Of all the books I’ve read, it was a romance story that influenced me the most. More
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  • 16 Lighthouse Road
  • Heather Graham
  • Sharon Kendrick
  • The Perfect Neighbor
I read as a child to find out what I thought, what I wished for, and what scared me. More
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  • Julie of the Wolves
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall
  • Little House on the Prairie
  • Sounder
I read to travel within and to range wide beyond my limited firsthand experiences. More
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  • Emma Freedman
  • Dan Harris
  • People of the Book
  • Sanjay Suri
I write because the really good stuff—how funny and beautiful the world is, even when it’s not; More
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  • The Graveyard Book
  • Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary. Illustrated by Louis Darling (Cover)
  • Howl’s Moving Castle
  • Little House on the Prairie
I grew up in Montana on stories around the campfire so it’s no surprise that I love to read—and write my own. More
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  • Virgin River
  • 16 Lighthouse Road
  • Heather Graham
  • Sharon Kendrick
I write for kids because each book builds kids’ intelligence. It’s muscle-building for the brain. More
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  • The Diary of a Wombat
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon
  • The Carrot Seed
  • Michael Bond
Why I read: To learn. More
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  • V. Raghunathan
  • A collection on Indian titles By HarperCollins.
  • Sanjay Suri
  • HarperCollins Publishers India logo
The book that influenced me the most was not even written by an author. More
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  • The Graveyard Book
  • Howl’s Moving Castle
  • Dodger
  • The Weirdstone of Brisingamen
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.
Our lives are increasingly crowded by the instruments of distraction. More
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  • American Gods
  • Brave New World
  • neil gaiman
  • A Game of Thrones
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 Hours
  • B A Paris
I read because reading changes you. More
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  • Divergent
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia #1)
  • Howl’s Moving Castle
  • The Graveyard Book
My childhood reading helped to build me from the inside. More
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  • Beezus and Ramona
  • Freaky Friday
  • Julie of the Wolves
  • Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary. Illustrated by Louis Darling (Cover)
One life is not enough. More
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  • Rosemary Sullivan
  • Hilary Mantel
  • Deborah Challinor
  • Tracy Chevalier
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
I read to take a mini-vacation in my own living room, to go back in history, forward in time, or to a place I love and had forgotten. More
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  • Go Set a Watchman
  • And Then There Were None
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Jacqueline Winspear