Ory of empty spa­ces on the free­way

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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

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