Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Behind the Books:Choosing a Topic

“Where do you get your ideas?” That's a question people—both children and adults—ask me all the time. So I thought I'd answer it here, in case you're curious too.

If you read this post, then you know that I write what I care about—not what I know. One of the things I’m most passionate about is the natural world. But the world is a pretty big place, so how do I narrow things down?

Most of my ideas come from things I read or experiences I have. Go here to see a video about how I got the idea for When Rain Falls. It was a combination of an experience I had (getting stuck in the rain while hiking) and something I saw (a documentary film
called “Microcosmos”).

Next week I'll share the exciting travel adventue that led me to write the book Seals, Sea Lions, and Walruses. Stay tuned.

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