Q: How do you generate story ideas, and how soon do you act on them?
A: I take inspiration wherever I can find it—a great live performance, an inspired piece of installation art, something unusual that happened while running an errand. I’ve gotten some of my favorite ideas for stories at the least expected and least likely of times. As for how soon I act on them, I have to confess that I’m not always the world’s most patient writer. I usually start fleshing out what I want to do with an idea and where I want the story to go as soon as the idea is fully formed, even if I know I won’t have time to write a proper first draft for weeks or months.