Where do the ideas for your books come from?

As I’ve talked with more people about my writing, I’ve found that some questions pop up more than others. I will try to answer them the best I can. I absolutely LOVE hearing people who have an interest in my writing, the process, or want to chat with me about their own stuff. Feel free to email me with any questions or send me a message on FaceBook.

One of the most common questions I get is “Where do the ideas for your books come from?” Truth be told, they aren’t ever whole ideas when I begin to write. For me, I just get this sudden picture in my head of a character in a situation and I HAVE to write it down. I never know if it’s going to develop into a story, much less a novel, but it needs to be written regardless.

My first novel, Illusion, started that way. I envisioned a character, a woman named Daith, who wakes up on a military space ship with no memories. I didn’t know her backstory. I didn’t know who she was or why she was there any more than she did. All I knew was that I wanted to find out. And so I continued to write.

So for those of you who have said “I could never think up a whole story”, just remember, you don’t have to. I don’t, and I am already working on my 3rd book. Just find a moment, write it down, and then see if you want to follow it.

One Comment

  1. mom

    that was great advice for writers of all shapes and sizes. so many talk about ‘writer’s block’, but i think your suggestion is the medicine for that. i once heard that if you’re a writer, you’ll never have writer’s block. interesting!

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