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Christie Craig | Questions I Generally Get Asked
Uncategorized / July 21, 2009

Where do you get your ideas? I sometimes tell people I go to the idea store and rummage through the clearance racks to find a jewel I can make my own. Something a little different. Maybe even a bit like Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree, something no one else would think about taking home. But I just know if I add the right elements to this discarded idea, I can make it sparkle. Another way I answer this question is to explain that the idea fairy flew by and accidentally dropped something and I found the treasure stuck to the bottom of my tennis shoe like a piece of gum. You know that ABC gum that is so hard to get off? Well, sometimes it’s as if some fallen idea gets stuck in my head, and my first reaction is, “Oh, hell, no way! Get outta here. There’s a reason the idea fairy dropped your butt. You are a complete reject!” But the idea hangs on and on, until I begin to see the value in it. Now, neither of those answers are lies. Because heaven knows that sometimes it feels just like that. But I suppose the answer closest to…

Elizabeth Thornton | Questions I’m frequently asked . . .
Uncategorized / June 25, 2009

In twenty years, I’ve published 26 historical romance novels and 2 novellas, and the questions I am most frequently asked by beginning writers are 1) Where do you get your ideas? and 2) Don’t you ever suffer from burnout? Burnout is a writer’s worst nightmare. It can be brought on by stress, you know, nothing is going right in the book and you have a deadline to meet. It can be brought on by boredom—you’re a multi-published author and your publisher wants you to continue writing the same kind of book in the same historical time period. Why would you want to tamper with success? Oh, and instead of publishing one book a year, could you try for two? You get the picture. More stress. Click here to read the rest of Elizabeth’s blog, comment today and you could win! Visit to learn more about books and authors.