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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Writing changes me, teaches me, broadens me, and makes me more aware. More
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  • 16 Lighthouse Road
  • Virgin River
  • Susan Mallery
  • Sarah Morgan
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
  • Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
  • Kitchen Confidential
A book that influenced me and why . . . Little House on the Prairie. More
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  • Heather Graham
  • Sharon Kendrick
  • 16 Lighthouse Road
  • Virgin River
I read in the way that I breathe, as a necessity of life. More
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  • Michael Chabon
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany
  • Pilgrim
  • Lionel Shriver
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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  • Diana Palmer_
  • Sharon Kendrick
  • Virgin River
  • Heather Graham
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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  • The Hunt for Red October
  • James Rollins
  • Gorky Park
  • Sharpe’s Eagle
I write out of compulsion. “The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner,” as Alan Sillitoe remarked—the exhilaration and discipline of the run; the finish line unknown until you get there. More
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  • Shilpi Somaya Gowda
  • Lucy Hughes Hallett
  • Cathy Marie Buchanan
  • Charlotte Gray
I write for the same reasons I read—for pleasure, for wonder, but mostly to sort things out. More
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  • Grace for the Moment
  • The Purpose Driven Life
  • Jefferson Bethke
  • Jesus Calling
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
When I say I have the need to write, I do mean need. More
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  • Jane Eyre
  • Lauren Weisberger
  • The Shipping News
  • Woman of Substance
I write because I’m compelled to create and writing is the act that best satisfies the itch. More
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  • Tracy Chevalier
  • Rosemary Sullivan
  • Winner of The Man Booker Prize 2012: Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel (Cover).
  • Wolf Hall
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
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany
  • Bradley Trevor Greive
I write because I am happiest when I am in what Tillie Olsen once described to me as “that bless’ed state.” More
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  • People of the Book
  • Shilpi Somaya Gowda
  • Room
  • Barometer Rising
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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  • The Dangerous Book for Boys
  • Tom Robbins
  • MICHELE A'COURT
  • Jay Onrait
Books that influenced me: Haroun and the Sea of Stories. More
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  • People of the Book
  • Heather ONeill
  • Ariel
  • The Hours
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
  • Pilgrim
  • Girl with a Pearl Earring
The most magical phrase I knew as a child was “Once upon a time” because those four words meant a story was coming. More
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  • Papillon
  • Love and War in the Apennines
  • Sharpe’s Eagle
  • The Hunt for Red October
I read to save my life, to take communion, to enter a community of fellow sufferers and rejoicers. More
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  • People of the Book
  • The Year of Magical Thinking
  • The Hours
  • Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
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
I read to observe the world as it is seen by others; to walk the planet as strangers do; to breathe a story that is not my own. More
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  • People of the Book
  • Tracy Chevalier
  • Girl with a Pearl Earring
  • The Shipping News
By the time I was ten, I’d probably read The Secret Garden thirty times. More
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  • The Purpose Driven Life
  • Grace for the Moment
  • Jesus Calling
  • John Eldredge
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  • Harold and the Purple Crayon
  • Goodnight Moon
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • Danny and the Dinosaur
The first writer that I really fell in love with was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in particular his Sherlock Holmes stories, and the first story that I ever wrote was a Sherlock Holmes story. More
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  • T.C. Boyle
  • Our Town
  • Pilgrim
  • The Corrections
I write because of readers like Diana Moreno, who handed me a letter recently telling me that, as the firstborn daughter of immigrants, she felt lonely and shy when she arrived here in 2004 . . . until she found my books. More
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  • Barbara Taylor-Bradford
  • Cally Taylor
  • Kiera Cass
  • Lauren Weisberger
Why I read . . .Books are simply magic. More
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  • 16 Lighthouse Road
  • Sharon Kendrick
  • Diana Palmer_
  • Susan Mallery
The simple answer is that I love a happy ending. More
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  • Sharon Kendrick
  • Virgin River
  • 16 Lighthouse Road
  • Sarah Morgan
Reading books to me is one of the biggest joys in all of life. More
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  • Grace for the Moment
  • Jesus Calling
  • John Eldredge
  • The Purpose Driven Life