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April 18, 2010
What inspired you to write stories?
Ah, this happens quite a bit. Sometimes my email gets mixed with a beautiful, talented, amazing, brilliant author named Lindsey Leavitt. I’m sure you’ve heard of her. Anyway, since I get her mail so much, she’s forwarded some responses on to me and this is actually a question she’s discussed. I’ll copy and paste it below.
Oh, and you should really read her books. Like, all of them. Did I mention she’s amazing?
You know, the easy way for me to make sense about things–about the world, about my feelings, about myself–is to write about it. And I really like to be happy. Writing does that for me. So even if no one ever read my work, I would still do it because it cheers me up, helps me gain perspective in my life. That motivates and inspires me quite a bit.
As far as where I get ideas on what to write, dude, EVERYWHERE. I have three little girls, so there is lots of princess material there. But also, reading the news or eavesdropping on conversations or naps! Some of my best ideas happen in the weird place where you are kind of awake, kind of asleep. So I HAVE to nap on the job. HAVE to.
I know. My job rocks.
Hope that helps, Arlin!