by Patricia Bradley
I do a lot of book signings and talks to different groups and get asked many questions about writing. What do you think is the #1 question I get asked?
If you said, where do you get your ideas, you would win the prize (if there was one). My answer varies from: I don't know to: out of the thin air, and even: the news.
In my first book, Shadows of the Past, I was sitting on my sofa one morning when a woman popped into my head and said, "Someone is trying to kill me." This after for or five years of not writing a word of fiction or even thinking about it.
Of course, I had to know who and why. And a story was born. I will say that most of my ideas come to me at odd times, like in the middle of the night when I'm half asleep, or when I'm in the shower, and a lot of the times when I'm driving.
Another question I get asked is, do you know how your story will end, or in the case of the suspense books I write, do you know who the villain is?
When I first started writing, I did know the answers to those questions. In my first Heartwarming book, Matthew's Choice, I knew going in what his choice would be. My last book, The Christmas Campaign, I didn't know until three-quarters of the way through which of the men in her life the heroine would pick. I have no idea why it changed!
But I do think that's one reason I love writing so much. The characters take over the book and tell me what's happening next. And sometimes they demand their own story.
So readers, what question would you like to ask an author?
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