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

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    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.

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