One question every author will be asked at some point is where we get the ideas for our stories. Creative folks have prodigious imaginations, so ideas are, literally, everywhere. We can hear a snippet of a conversation that will generate a scene, see a picture of historical dress and imagine our heroine in it, pick up a replica revolver and know it’s exactly what our hero would have in his holster.
And, sometimes, ideas come from you, our readers. I received an email last week in which the reader described a gunsmith shop in the very early 1800s St. Louis and the long-barreled muzzle-loading “Plains” rifle that was made there for settlers heading west.
Now, my very active imagination immediately started crafting scenes, characters, stories… And I can hardly wait to begin researching the weapon.
So, you see, ideas really do come from everywhere. That’s part of what makes my job so much fun!