Authors are often asked what inspired their stories. Perhaps it is more import for writers to consider their personal connection to the idea. What was the driving force behind the time, effort and heartbreak of writing the novel?
easy to forget the heart of the story when slogging through revisions. My spy
novel failed because I lost sight of why the story was important to me. Several
well-meaning critiques suggested I cut much of that material. Perhaps the
concept wasn’t of general interest. Perhaps I hadn’t figured out how to tell
it. Once my personal connection to the story was removed, and my main character
was relegated to tag-along sidekick, the story wasn’t mine anymore, and the manuscript
currently reading The Lost Crown by Sarah Miller (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2011), a history of the four daughters of Tsar Nicholas II and Empress
Alexandra of Russia. I know that the tale will end with bullets and bayonets in
a basement, but the heart of the story, the loving and realistic relationship
between the sisters, keeps me turning pages.