“We are not trapped or locked up in these bones. No, no. We are free to change. And love changes us. And if we can love one another, we can break open the sky.” - Walter Mosley
Stories change us. If you talk to authors about the stories they write, they will almost always go back to a book they first read as a child. They talk about their favorite scenes. They describe the experience of sitting with the book in their hands, pouring over the words, reading a story that got inside them and changed them – changed the way they thought about the world and what's possible, changed the way they thought about other people, changed the way they thought about themselves and what they could do. These stories shaped something new in them that years – sometimes decades – later helped form the stories they themselves would write.