A world flourishes outside my window. Through it travel bears, deer, turkeys, rabbits, groundhogs, and countless other animals.
Sometimes they seem to appear in order to tell me to stop working and start watching. Other times they seem to be saying, "Put this in your book."
Mostly, though, I think they are celebrating the joy of their lives and setting a good example for me.
I love to see them. They help to make me less human—in the best possible way. They remind me that we're all in this together.
That's what I write about, not to educate anyone or change anyone's mind. I do it because that's what I see outside my window, because their world is mine.
Staring out the world has led to the writing of A Dragon's Guide to Destiny, a series that includes Big Dragons Don't Cry, Dance with Clouds, and House of the Moon, with one more book to come.
I also have a dystopian series in the works. Thank you, world, for continuously providing me with material.
If I live a dozen lifetimes in one, maybe all the book ideas in my head will come to life.