Every accomplshed author get's asked this and they apparently hate it. They could tell you walking my dog, or gettng divorced, or riding on public transportation. But really it's life right? We bleed into our characters, setting, and conflicts shades of our reality from a unique perspective. So I'm asking it here. What part of your mortal jig do you bleed into your writing? Where do you get your ideas? Me? That would be the relationships i have with the people i'm close with. And generally anythng that surprises me or prompts me to ask 'what if?" Like last week I passed a six car pile up on the highway. Sent chills up my spine and the rest of the day i couldn't help but realize the dynamics of animal careening around tons and tons of metal and glass in a bizzare ballet of 70 mph blaise faith. I started noticing every soccer mom texting behnd the wheel (which is legal in FL) and every other little nuance of the drivers around me. I became accutely aware of an aspect of reality that is stored away in a war chest of reference material in my head. In between check out lines and the food network for some reason... Oh and smells. My life is chronicled by a warehouse of smells. Which has played a larger part of my process than i would have thought.