We can all remember the joy we felt when we read our first book and were wonderfully, magically, transported to a whole new world! Having tasted that joy, writers write so that others can have the extraordinary experience of going to worlds other than their own by merely opening the pages of a book. When we open the pages of a book, we meet people we would never have met otherwise. We experience things we would never have experienced otherwise. We acquire knowledge we would never have possessed otherwise. In those pages, we gain empathy and compassion we might never have gained otherwise. And so we write – that others may enter into that magical, transcendent mystery that is a book!