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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As the younger sister of an adored (sometimes overly perfect) sister, discovering Ramona and Beezus and the gang on Klikitat Street was a life-changer for me. More
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  • The Graveyard Book
  • Howl’s Moving Castle
  • Freaky Friday
  • The Butterfly Lion
By the time I was ten, I’d probably read The Secret Garden thirty times. More
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  • Jesus Calling
  • Grace for the Moment
  • The Purpose Driven Life
  • John Eldredge
I read to travel within and to range wide beyond my limited firsthand experiences. More
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  • Emma Freedman
  • Dan Harris
  • Sanjay Suri
  • People of the Book
I read because it’s in my DNA. More
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  • Stuart Little
  • Flat Stanley
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • Virginia Kirkus.
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
  • Sharon Kendrick
  • RaeAnne Thayne
  • Heather Graham
When I get an idea for a novel the fizz of excitement I feel is electrifying. More
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  • Diana Palmer_
  • Cecelia Ahern
  • Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Barbara Taylor-Bradford
I read to share the world, to treasure words, to learn and intuit and recognise experiences to which I have no direct access. More
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  • People of the Book
  • The Hours
  • The Shipping News
  • The God of Small Things
I read because as much as I love film and television, and documentaries, and Facebook, and Twitter and Snapchat, and my abacus . . . More
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  • Bradley Trevor Greive
  • Seabiscuit
  • The Dangerous Book for Boys
  • MICHELE A'COURT
I write because I love to read. More
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  • Gorky Park
  • James Rollins
  • The Hunt for Red October
  • Jack Higgins
I read out of hope and avid curiosity, and in an attempt to live in other times, and inhabit bodies that are not my own. More
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  • Winner of The Man Booker Prize 2012: Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel (Cover).
  • Wolf Hall
  • Tracy Chevalier
  • People of the Book
Why do I write? I write because I read. More
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  • The Purpose Driven Life
  • Grace for the Moment
  • Jesus Calling
  • John Eldredge
I read for many reasons. More
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  • Sharon Kendrick
  • 16 Lighthouse Road
  • Lynne Graham
  • Virgin River
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  • Goodnight Moon
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon
  • The Carrot Seed
I read because I want to know what it’s like to look at the world through someone else’s eyes, and reading is a remarkably efficient and vigorous way of doing that. More
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  • Girl with a Pearl Earring
  • People of the Book
  • Wolf Hall
  • Hilary Mantel
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
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)
  • Little House on the Prairie
  • Howl’s Moving Castle
I’ll never forget going through Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby and Victory Over the Darkness by Neil Anderson simultaneously as a new Christian. More
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  • Grace for the Moment
  • Dave Ramsey
  • Jesus Calling
  • The Purpose Driven Life
I write because I love knowing my stories bring people joy. More
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  • 16 Lighthouse Road
  • Virgin River
  • Sarah Morgan
  • Sharon Kendrick
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
  • Little House on the Prairie
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall
  • Beezus and Ramona
The first romance novel I ever read was Margaret Way’s Red Cliffs of Malpara. More
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  • Heather Graham
  • Sharon Kendrick
  • 16 Lighthouse Road
  • Lynne Graham
I have always been a writer. More
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  • Cally Taylor
  • B A Paris
  • Barbara Taylor-Bradford
  • Emma Donoghue
I read because I want more than one life, and books give me a limitless number of lives—lives that are different from the one I was born into. More
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  • Bridge to Terabithia
  • Stuart Little
  • Little House on the Prairie
  • The Graveyard Book
I read because I dream of having a super power. More
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  • Little House on the Prairie
  • Bridge to Terabithia
  • Howl’s Moving Castle
  • Julie of the Wolves
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
  • Sharpe’s Eagle
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
  • Barbarians at the Gate
  • The Intelligent Investor
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
  • The Weirdstone of Brisingamen
  • The New Kid on the Block
I read to escape, whether the genre is crime, historical, dystopian, thriller, or biography. More
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  • Tracy Chevalier
  • Girl with a Pearl Earring
  • People of the Book
  • Love and War in the Apennines