Where do you get your writing ideas?

Life. TV. News. Movies. Other books. I keep 3×5 cards with me and jot down ideas wherever I am. Being an author demands being a sensitive observer of the usual but especially the unusual. Ideas are everywhere, but I have to stay on my toes to see them and get them down on paper before they are gone forever. I love to watch people and study how they react and how they talk. I’m always intrigued by an unusual hobby, mannerism, or habit. I’m especially interested in how each person’s past helps define who he is today. Sometimes while reading news articles, I find an unusual story twist and file it away for later. Life is stranger than fiction. Each time I watch true crime shows on TrueTV (previously CourtTV) or A&E, I get story ideas for future suspense novels.

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