Why I Write: Caroline Bock

Twelve Reasons Why I Write

  1. Nobody would hire me to cook.
  2. That’s a lie. I’m a pretty good cook.                                                                                               
  3. Nobody would hire to me sell ties.
  4. That’s a lie. I always pick out my husband’s ties.                                                                       
  5. Nobody would hire me to repair cars.                                                                                   
  6. My father once had me change a tire with him. I feared for many years getting a flat.
  7. Then one day I got a flat tire. I had a spare and a jack and a lug wrench in the trunk and knew what to do. Trucks blew exhaust into the sand-strewn wind on the Long Island Expressway, or L.I.E. as it is more commonly called.                                   
  8. I dreamt of telling my father the story of changing the flat tire and how proud he would be.                                                                                                                                 
  9. That’s all a lie. My father did teach me to change a tire, but I couldn’t do it on the shoulder of the L.I.E. by myself. I was afraid.                                                                       
  10.  On Saturdays, my father drove us over to the big new public library, encouraging me to check out adult books on his library card since I wasn’t permitted to do so on my children’s library card.                                                                                   
  11. In the summer between fifth and six grades, I read Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago after my father read it straight through. His Uncle Willie had also survived a gulag in Siberia. Nobody but my father believed I could, or should, read five hundred-plus pages of a work like that.                                                             
  12.  Eventually I wrote a novel because nobody would hire me to cook. My father once said to me, “You have to figure out how to survive in this world, toots.”  

—By Caroline Bock, author of the critically acclaimed young adult novels: LIE (St. Martin’s Press, 2011) and BEFORE MY EYES (St. Martin’s Press, 2014).

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About Caroline Bock

Caroline Bock is the author of the critically acclaimed young adult novels: LIE (St. Martin's Press, 2011) and BEFORE MY EYES (St. Martin's Press, 2014). She lives in Maryland with her husband and two children. More at www.carolinebock.com.