Ideas, Forks, and Hope

So, lately, people have been asking me how I get the ideas for my books. What made me decide to re-imagine the story of Lady Jane Grey, Queen for Nine Days in 1553, for my novel Nannyland? And how did I think of finding a descendant of Queen Katherine Parr’s long-lost baby daughter for my upcoming novel, Hey, Jules? Here’s what one of my very favorite authors has to say about that:

“An author didn’t need ‘an’ idea for a book; she needed at least forty. And ‘get’ was the wrong word, implying that you received an idea as you would a gift. You didn’t get ideas. You smelled them out, tracked them down, wrestled them into submission; you pursued them with forks and hope, and if you were lucky enough to catch one you impaled it, with the forks, before the sneaky little devil could get away.” — Jacqueline Kirby, in Naked Once More, by Elizabeth Peterscontent 120px-assorted_forks

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