I write to document my heart. The process begins with curiosity, a tentative 'what if' connection between fact and imagination.
The story of Sophie is fiction, but the fate of thousands of others like her was not. Their tales have not been well-covered in Holocaust literature. The field is filled with horrific stories of extermination of Jewish citizens, but few titles explore the other targets of Nazi persecution - people with disabilities, people who are deaf, homosexual, Communist, Romani (Gypsy), and Jehovah's Witness. Since I have spent a lifetime working with people with disabilities, I knew my storyteller's heart would create a tale about one of them.
Other writers answer the question of 'Why I write' more succinctly than I.
Any writer worth his salt writes to please himself.... It's a self-exploratory operation that is endless.”―Harper Lee
All that writers can do is keep trying to say what is deepest in their hearts. – Lloyd Alexander
A writer is not so much someone who has something to say as he is someone who has found a process that will bring about new things he would not have thought if he had not started to say them.