Sunday is my absolutely favorite day for reading the newspaper as I love diving into the New York Times. Usually, I just digest it and enjoy but always in the back of my head, I am asking myself whether or not the story I am reading might be a book. Today I actually read two, one about a Holocaust survivor who died last year at the age of 97 leaving $40 million and no will, and the other about an enemy agent in New York City during World War II called Doll Lady. I think that each of these stories could be the basis for either a book of narrative nonfiction or even a novel.
In fact, I find book ideas everywhere especially in the obituaries which are often filled with rich and colorful material (one of my clients is publishing a book in June which began many years ago when I read one of these pieces).
I am always intrigued about where writers get their book ideas. With nonfiction, many times the author explains this in their book’s preface or introduction. Novelists on the other hand rarely explain where their ideas come from and so I am wondering, those of you who write fiction, what inspires you to write the stories you write.