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  • 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?”

  • Why I Write...John Harwood: Mysteries 2013

    Writing fiction is the hardest, the most frustrating, the most rewarding, the most exhilarating work I’ve ever done, or can imagine doing.

  • Why I Write...Allen Barra

    I’ve never asked myself the question of why I write, for fear that I wouldn’t be able to answer it.

  • Why I Write...Bruce Feiler

    My name is Bruce Feiler, and I’m an explainaholic.

  • Why I Write...Edward Lee

    Edward Lee, author of the forthcoming book, Smoke & Pickles, discusses his love for both cooking and writing.

  • Why I Write...Oliver North: Mysteries & Thrillers Fall 2012

    Combat Outpost Marjah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Oct. 16, 2012—It’s been nearly 48 hours since we have been able to send or receive e-mail. Now that we’re back inside a U.S. base with access to the Internet, my inbox is full of mail—all requiring immediate response. The question above—“Why Do I Write?” relayed by my publisher, Simon and Schuster—is at the top of the stack.

  • Why I Write...Sarah MacLean: Focus on Romance: Fall 2012

    I’m not entirely sure why I write.

  • Why I Write...Carol Miller: Focus on Music 2012

    It’s easier for me to write than speak.

  • Why I Write: Michael Dobbs: Military Books 2012

    I am not the kind of writer who derives physical pleasure from the act of writing.

  • Why I Write...Tyler Florence

    The Food Network chef shows "how beautiful, simple, and, of course, delicious fresh food can be."

  • Why I Write...Laurann Dohner: Focus on Romance 2012

    I have always been a huge lover of books. I blew through the children’s section before I hit my 10th birthday and was given parental permission to borrow any book in the library. I discovered horror, mystery, and eventually romance novels. I could easily read 20 to 30 books a week during the summers, consuming entire series. In my teens I wrote poetry for fun, and I read a romance novel when I was 22 that totally upset me. The main characters made me angry, and the woman chased after this total jerk I hated. I thought I could write a better story.

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