Gabrielle Zevin — American Author born on October 24, 1977,

Gabrielle Zevin is an American author and screenwriter... (wikipedia)

People choose to read, and it takes effort. It's not one of those hobbies that asks nothing of the person who is doing it. It's more than a hobby.
I like to believe, as a writer, that anybody who isn't a reader yet has just not found the right book.
On some level, I think we want our reading self to represent our best self.
I remember visiting my grandmother Adele in Ponce Inlet, Florida, when I was three years old, and she had an IBM electric typewriter. I thought that this electric typewriter was about the most fascinating toy in the world - I liked the little bell and the sounds and the feel of the keys and especially the erase key.
I knew I wanted to do something creative, and you don't necessarily go to Harvard to do that. It's not the best choice for creative writing.