I'm thrilled to have the talented suspense writer Jenny Milchman share Why She Writes! I don't know anyone more dedicated to books and helping fellow authors than Jenny. And she writes darn good books, too!
I write because the stories are a whitewater river that sweeps me away.
I write because I always have, from before I knew how to, when I’d dictate bedtime stories to my mom, and she would copy them down.
So maybe it’s not just writing we’re talking about—it’s storytelling.
I tell stories to leave one life and live another.
I tell stories to conquer fear. In becoming my heroine, I do things I hope I never have to, in ways I could only hope to.
I tell stories to weave a bridge between you and me, reader and writer, connections I may never know exist, transmitting messages across a powerful network of invisible cables.
What about the metaphors we use for writing? Spinning webs, weaving yarns, scattering fairy dust.
Giant, gripping arms wrapping themselves around me, sinking their claws into my brain.
I write because the story takes hold and won’t let go, a King Kong’s fist shaking me until I have to tell it so it will finally put me down, breathless and gasping.
I write because there are characters who appear and I owe them life.
I write because presents amass, as if under some great Christmas tree, and who can not unwrap a present? Inside is a story that has to be told.
I write because it’s a privilege, a gift that offers me a hint of the divine.
I write because it’s the closest I come to making magic.
I write because I love to.
I write because I love. -- Jenny Milchman
Jenny Milchman is a novelist from New York State, who lived for eleven months on the road with her family on what Shelf Awareness called “the world’s longest book tour.”
Jenny’s debut novel, COVER OF SNOW, won the Mary Higgins Clark award, was praised by the New York Times, AP, and many other publications, and chosen as an Indie Next and Target Pick. RUIN FALLS, published the following year, landed on many bookstore Best Of lists, was chosen as an Indie Next Pick and a Top Ten of 2014 by Suspense Magazine. Jenny’s third novel, AS NIGHT FALLS, also an Indie Next Pick, came out this summer.
Jenny speaks nationwide about the publishing industry and the importance of sticking to a dream. She is Vice President of Author Programming for International Thriller Writers, and the founder of Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day, which is celebrated in all 50 states and 6 foreign countries. Jenny teaches writing and publishing for New York Writers Workshop.