How Does One Come Up With An Idea For A Book?

How Does One Come Up With An Idea For A Book?

I was reading an article about R.L. Stine, the author of the ‘Goosebumps’ series. The interviewer asked him how he went about writing his stories. He replied, “I come up with the title and then I write the book.”

This makes perfect sense to me, as that’s exactly what I do. I came up with the title for Penelope Parker before I even started writing. Might be backwards, but the book fits the title, not the other way around.

About Susan McCaskill

Susan (or Sue, as she prefers to be called), was born in post war England, and lived there until the age of nine, when she and her mother emigrated to Canada. Her father died when she was nine, and left a huge impression on her. Both her parents encouraged her to read, and learn. She has always believed in fairies and elves, and probably always will, and as a child, she saw things many others didn't, and as a result she was thought to be a little strange.

Sue currently lives on beautiful Vancouver Island with her husband and three demanding cats.

Although she has been in Canada for so many years, she still misses the English and Welsh countryside, and because of this, her novel is based in the ancient, picturesque town of Betws-Y-Coed.

About herself, she says:

"I think I was born a writer, and got more confidence thanks to my grade five teacher, who was wonderful, and fostered my love for writing. I didn't write for almost 40 years, because of raising kids, life happenings, the usual drama. I started again sporadically ten years ago, and finished my first Mid Grade fantasy in 2013. Currently working on book 2.

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