The number one question for authors are “where do you get your ideas?” Most authors have no problem finding ideas. Our problem is deciding which one to write first. LOL
My first complete manuscript was Books and Dreams. That one was a dream I had. A full Technicolor, every line of dialogue, every scene, dreamed one night and I woke up and wrote it over the next three months.
My favorite story, the book of my heart, Dangerous Shift was from watching Jurassic Park for the umpteenth time with my kids. I love that movie. I’m sitting there and I’m watching when Dr. Grant is telling the kids about the dinosaurs changing sexes because they were all engineered to be female, but they are breeding in the park. I said to my kids, “wouldn’t it be cool if people could do that?” Bing! A light bulb went off in my head. They could do that, if I wrote the book that way!!! Dangerous Shift and its gender shifters were born.
Ideas for stories come from everywhere and nowhere. It can be a book, a movie, an eavesdropped…ahem, an accidentally overheard conversation at the coffee shop. Just that little spark that flares in the brain and then ignites on the page. Just like that a story comes into being.
For every author. For every book or movie or tv show. Somewhere a writer reached up and snatched an idea out of the ether and made it go from wisps of nothingness into reality. If that isn’t magic, I don’t know what is.
Jill James, writer of contemporary and paranormal romance