Ory of empty spaces on the freeway
standing in the mechanic’s and they’re working on my car, I’ll be looking around and thinking, ‘Okay, if a bomb went off or there was some sort of disaster and we were stuck in this place, how would we live here?’ I think it took me a very long time to realise that random thoughts like these could turn into stories, and stories could turn into books,” she said.
Wildavsky, who has three kids in high school, started writing fiction when she was in her 40s, getting up at 4.50am to write for a couple of hours every day before work. She wrote the first draft of The Secret of Rover in about a year.
“One of the things that I really enjoy about writing fiction is that in fiction, you can mess with ( the facts).” Wildavsky makes up a country and some towns in her book.
Wildavsky isn’t sure if she’ll write more about Katie and David. She’s working on a new children’s book now, this one involving robots and tigers. And she keeps having this other random thoughts that she thinks could be the beginnings of another book.
Her advice to young writers: read closely and pay attention to which books you like. “Your wackiest idea can be the (birth) of something. I drive on ramps all the time around the freeway, and I look at that space in the middle and I’m always thinking, ‘There’s a story in that empty space’.” – The Washington Post