I rely on inspiration generally. Anything that moves me – whether it’s a song, another story, a movie, or just a visual as I’m out and about – I can’t wait to get the words down. I rarely think of publication or what would sell, which is why it’s so hard for me write according to a plan or a “theme." I have to be moved. The first story I wrote that was published came as a result of my brother putting our dad in a nursing home. My dad was so angry he refused to speak to my brother for a long time. So I wrote this story called “Gone Visiting,” which told a story of a man named Henry (my dad’s name) who was in a nursing home and every time he wanted to visit his wife and children, he would just imagine them as they used to be when he was younger and that made him very happy. Of course, there was a lot more to the story, but it was basically up-lifting and encouraging. After it was published, I sent a copy to my dad and my brother read it to him. He liked it, but I don’t really know if he knew he was the star! I think he was too far gone by then, but that is how I write.
And here I was thinking all you did was wait for a tornado to sweep you off on an adventure.