No one knows where authors get their stories. They can come from real-world experiences, from dreamscapes and nightmares, from historical events, and sometimes, seemingly from thin air altogether. Wherever they come, though, they afford us a glimpse into a life that is not our own. At their best, authors are world creators, inviting us to step outside our own perspective and to journey through the minds, beliefs, and struggles of others. However they do what they do, they gift us the power of a second pass, a clarifying pass – and words that, like songs, seem to burrow themselves deep inside our heads, resting there and taking up residence, sticking with us long after we have heard them.