I find story ideas all around me – in people, situations, settings, and dreams. For example, my first book, With My Little Eye, was conceptualized when I had dozed off while my husband was driving up a winding mining road in Arizona. Whereas writing comes naturally to me, some things, like car mechanics and math, do not.
Writing at night, when the house is quiet and everyone is asleep, is the best time. There are no interruptions or pressing matters of the day. I also write whenever I have a few spare moments - in waiting rooms, parking lots, on vacation, or in the laundry. Plot lines, dialogues, characters, and settings run through my head throughout the day.
When not jotting down ideas or pecking at my keyboard, I do actually lead a normal life consisting of hiking, coffee dates, discovering new music, and spending time with family and friends while living and recreating in the Pacific Northwest.
Writing, research, and publishing is a long journey with lots of homework and many hours. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything!