Ruthie asks: I love your work! How are you so prolific? What inspires you so?
Answer: My mind is always active–I’m always wondering, “What if…?” Truthfully, most writers don’t know where their ideas come from–they’re everywhere if you just look around and play the “What if…” game.
“What if that person in the car over there is running from the law?”
“What if that woman is an alien in disguise come here to look for a mate and that’s why she looks so different?”
I’ve just learned that I’ll always have more ideas than I can possibly write–which makes me sad. As far as being prolific, that’s entirely based on the individual writer. There’s not much you can do to change your personal pace. When I wrote for the trad publishers I was so frustrated because I wanted to write more books but couldn’t due to non-compete clauses.
I’m lucky–I can write fast and tight, and the years of work that I’ve done have helped me hone my work so that it doesn’t take a lot of revision.