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A Goodreads user asked Katherine Reay:

What inspired you to write "Dear Mr. Knightley"?

Katherine Reay My first question :) In 2009, I was seriously injured and, rather than bring flowers to hospital, my friends brought books. I spent the next several months recovering and reading -- and Samantha Moore started forming in my head. But she didn't have a story. I had started my reading with a canvassing of Jane Austen and she certainly didn't fit there. Then when I reread Daddy Long Legs, I started for realized the multiple parallels around Sam's character and the idea of books with books, stories with within stories. It all came together from there. Thanks so much for asking!

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