I write because ...

Every author answers the question 'why do I write?' differently. In fact there is a whole project and website dedicated to this topic called https://iwritebecause.com/

I write because I can't not write. I write because the voices of my characters wake me up in the early hours of the morning and demand that I tell their stories. It took me four years to have the courage to publish my first novel, Chemistry, but the story I told in that book, as well as that in Still Waters and the short reads, were imperatives at the time. I simply could not ignore them.

I often wonder if other writers experience writing in this way.

I also often wonder where these stories come from. Is there, somewhere in the recesses of my unconscious mind, a repository of words and stories that I can draw on ad infinitum? I don't know.

I do know that every story is sparked off by something that I see, hear or dream, and the story flows from there. In the case of Chemistry, the first time I heard Labrinth's song, Beneath Your Beautiful, it set of an imaginative train of consciousness that I couldn't ignore, and the result was Nell and Mark's story.

There is something so poignant about this song, the spirit of which I tried to capture in the two passionate, imperfect people I was writing about. And as a result, Nell's soft, insistent voice just would not be silenced.

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