People always ask writers, “Where do you get your ideas?” (Okay, not many people have asked me that yet, but once I have more titles to my credit, they’ll start asking.)
Really good ideas for a book – the sort of premises Michael Chricton is famous for – don’t come along every day. But bad ideas are a dime a dozen, sparked all the time by everything around us.
For example, we just got a new kitten. He’s goofy, loving, infuriating, adorable, full of beans – everything a kitten ought to be. And he’s a fountain of picture book ideas.
How about Curious Kitten’s Big Adventure (aka Kitten Slips inside the Clothes Dryer and Goes Thunk, Thunk, Thunk), Curious Kitten’s First Snowfall (aka Locked Outside at Minus Twenty Degrees), or Curious Kitten Meets the Squirrel Gang (aka Kittens Shouldn’t Play with Peanuts)?
There’s Hansel and Gretel and Kitten (aka Dump the Kitty in the Woods), Kitten Crusoe (aka Bon Voyage, Kitty!), and Kitten Peter Pan (aka, I Thought He Could Fly).