I’ve got two questions today. The first is, when did you know that you would like to be an author? The second is, where have some of your plot ideas come from?
Mmm, let’s take the easy one first.
Plot ideas? I don’t get those so much as I get story ideas. And so very many of these come from watching the news that I’d have to say that’s my main source of ideas, and has been for many years. I am a tremendous news junkie; a given day’s news will normally give me five or ten story ideas (most of which get thrown out because they either won’t interest me long enough to get written or won’t interest anybody else).
It’s after the story idea comes that the plot gets hung on it… mostly as part of the process of working out whether it’s worth pursuing. Normally the first stage of this process takes about five minutes (enough time to want some tea, to realize I don’t know where the tea mug is, to track it down, to find that it’s full of tea that’s gone cold since the last time I did this, and to microwave it again).