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  • Why I Write: Ryka Aoki

    It sounds hokey, but I write because I love people. I love listening to people, hearing new stories, learning from different experiences. However, unless I am discussing writing or things related to writing, I am often at a loss to reciprocate. I don’t know the latest movie or television series. I don’t follow sports or plays. So often I feel isolated.

  • Why I Write...Clark Elliott: Health Books 2015

    In 1999 I was in a car crash that left me with brain trauma from a concussion.

  • Why I Write...Lachlan Smith: Mysteries & Thrillers 2015

    I went to law school for bad reasons. I’d finished my M.F.A. and run through my Stegner Fellowship without landing a book contract or a teaching job, and I needed cover: more time to write, and the possibility of making a living at the end of it.

  • Why I Write: Bryan Voltaggio

    My first cookbook, Volt Ink (Olive Press, 2011), documented life in a kitchen in a New American restaurant. I wrote it with my brother, Michael, when we were running our restaurants, Volt and Ink, and battling spatula-à-spatula on Top Chef.

  • Why I Write: Tony Robbins: Personal Finance 2014

    For the last two decades I have sworn off the publishing process.

  • Why I Write...Val McDermid: Mysteries & Thrillers 2014

    Polar bears are obligate carnivores. If they don’t eat animal protein, they sicken and die. In the same way, I feel like an obligate writer.

  • Why I Write...Zuri Day: Romance 2014

    Last night, I was almost asleep when he tip-toed into the room, gently lay down beside me, and pulled me into his arms.

  • Why I Write...Marcus Samuelsson: Fall 2014 Cookbooks

    Growing up, I always thought my strongest talents were on the soccer field.

  • Kobo Writing Life Now Carries 250,000 titles by 30,000 Authors

    Two years after its launch, Kobo Writing Life (KWL), e-book retailer Kobo’s self-publishing channel, carries more than 250,000 self-published digital titles by over 30,000 authors who publish regularly through KWL.

  • Why I Write...Sarah Castille: Romance 2014

    Look. Over there. The hot dude on the bench. The one we saw last week, who asked if you were looking for a good time. And of course you said yes, because aren’t we all looking for a good time?

  • Why I Write...James Presley: The Allure of Serial Killers

    Few mysteries are as perplexing as serial murders.

  • Why I Write...Charles and Caroline Todd: Mysteries 2014

    Caroline Todd: There’s never been a why for me. The desire to write has been a part of me since I was seven.

  • Why I Write...Alfie Kohn: Parenting Books 2014

    Is it possible that a hint of self-congratulation adheres to the fact that we writers like to pose this question to ourselves?

  • Michael Ruhlman: The Art of the Single-Subject Cookbook

    The dictum "write what you know" may work in fiction, but if I had followed it in writing about food and cooking, I’d have put a gun to my head long ago. How soul-crushingly boring it would be simply to transcribe information you already knew.

  • Why I Write...Max Allan Collins: Mysteries & Thrillers 2013

    Many writers have a glib comeback for this question.

  • Why I Write...Marilyn Pappano: Romance 2013

    When I told my mom the news of my very first book sale, she heaved a sigh of relief. “So you’re not weird, after all. You’re a writer, and writers are supposed to be eccentric.”

  • Why I Write...Karen Traviss: Science Fiction

    Every writer’s been there. You’re introduced to someone, he or she asks what you do for a living, and you hesitate.

  • Why I Write...Donald Fagen: Focus on Music 2013

    Why I write? Different reasons, I think. But the first time I remember writing something—this was for my high school newspaper—it had to do with revenge, I think.

  • Why I Write...David Tanis

    Cooking can be a kind of self-expression. Aside from the obvious purpose of providing nourishment, cooking may inspire a mood, and, under the right circumstances, be positively transporting, for both the cook and the diner.

  • Why I Write...Robyn Carr

    Every once in a while I get a letter that goes something like this: “I’m thinking of writing a book. When can I expect to see it in the bookstore?”

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