The Writers' Union of Canada has launched a new campaign - #WhyWritersMatter
Wow. That's a tough idea to unpack - because there are so many reasons why we need writers to tell us stories, take us to new places, allow us avenues outside of ourselves and more deeply inside ourselves.
I guess my main response to the campaign is that writers - both of fiction and non-fiction - help us ask the big questions about life. Stories give us ways inside the complexities of our lives as humans, giving us new ways of looking at things. The Great Gatsby helps us ponder what true success means, what identity means... just as much as Where the Wild Things Are helps us understand (and even accept) anger and frustration.
In closing.. here are some of my author photos from my various books.
Can you guess which books?
(A: Neil Flambé 2, 4, 5, 6 - MINRs and Super-Duper Monster Viewer)