Story Ideas

Some time ago I was think about how established authors come up with ideas for the novels they write and I ran across a couple of interviews that was conducted by Steve Berry (one of my favorite authors http://www.steveberry.org/index.htm). I found a couple of commonalities; author Daniel Levin http://daniellevin.com/ said, “the level of espionage in Rome and Greece has always fascinated me. I was a classics student and was surprised to discover loads of intrigue around every corner. So I thought, what if some of that came with modern consequences?”

Steve Berry asked author Chris Kuzneski http://www.chriskuzneski.com/ about the writing process and does he let history dictate plot or vice verse. He said, “Actually, I think it’s a combination of the two. First and foremost, I find an interesting subject—whether that’s a controversial figure or a legendary artifact—and use its actual history as the backbone for my novel. Then I create a scenario where the historical subject matter has a clear, modern-day significance.”

Interesting takes on how published authors come up ideas and how they use them in their writing.

Until next time.

SB

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