It is a question asked by many of my readers. I had the idea of a mother passing away while feeling like things were left unfinished with her children. So I reached out to my friends with the simple question "What one thing do you feel was the best advice you ever gave your children?" Some of you may remember emailing me with your answers. I got responses from around 30 friends and family. I put my spin on them and they became the 14 letters Grace uses to send Connor, Reilly and Moira on their journey.
We writers couldn’t do our job without outside help. We get our ideas in the weirdest paces. Watching people at a restaurant, noting a dilapidated old house in the middle of a busy community, losing a family member. All have some small idea that has made it into a book or short story of mine. One day while driving I passed a road called Epiphany. The next road was Harmony. Those names became the name of twin girls in my next book, The Counter. It’s about a widow who leaves her home of 40 years and heads back to the small town she grew up in.
I imagine if you talked to first time authors like myself or famous authors like King or Grisham they might give you the same answer. Some small idea sticks in your brain and you let the characters and places move you forward.