It’s an honor to be featured here.
As a science fiction author, the question I’m most frequently asked is how I come up with my ideas. That’s fair; after all, I write stories which push the boundaries of what is possible and what might never be. How do I get there?
I think that every author begins as a reader, and not just a casual one. No, authors are those kids who would rather curl up with a book than go out for recess. The kids who sit under their blankets at night with a flashlight, turning page after page. The kids who beg for just one more story before bed.
Authors are obsessed readers who, at some point, said, “Hey! I wonder what would have happened if...?” And off they go.
That’s what happened to me.
Right after high school, I dove head-first into Robert Heinlein’s books and the universe he’d created, including the idea of a “Future History” which provided a framework for the stories. Intrigued, and working from a point in history fifty years after Heinlein, I started my own version.
Now, fast-forward twentysomething years: I’m working on a story that starts with a minister trying to kill the bride at the wedding. I need a world to put this story in, and I happen on a map I’d drafted for my timeline.
Add in some details, inspired by Heinlein and others, and I have the beginnings of what is now a nine book universe.
So that’s it. How do I come up with my ideas? I ask the essential question, “What if…?” and follow my imagination from there.
Of course, it helps that I have characters who are insisting I give their voices a place to be heard. Kendra Cassidy, in particular, is extremely vocal about her need to be freed upon an unsuspecting populace.
Hi, Kendra here – no, it’s not some nefarious reason that I keep telling Adam these stories! According to my wife, we have to get our history into your fiction so that the two timelines are more nearly aligned, since we share a common origin point. I’d give you more details, but she’s the genius in the family. I’m just the dreamer. Anyway, I’ll give this back to Adam now.
See what I mean?
With characters as insistent as Kendra, Aiyana, Diana, Mikall, Nicole, and more, how can I possibly say no?
It’s been a pleasure being here today. I’d love you to drop by the website, pick up some free books, and subscribe to Kendra’s monthly newsletter. You can do that at https://cassidychronicles.com You can also follow me on Facebook, Instagram, or Threads as @adamgaffen.
And the next book in the Cassidyverse? Should be out in 2024!