We need books because we are all, in the private kingdoms of our hearts, desperate for the company of a wise, true friend.

Steve Almond 

I think when a reader reads a whole book – which takes six to ten hours – that’s kind of a gift to the author. The gift of close, undivided attention. To who else do we listen so closely for eight straight hours? And when readers give that gift to me, I’m grateful for it…

A piece of writing has to seduce the reader, it has to suspend disbelief and earn the reader’s trust.

– Po Bronson