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9 Famous Authors on Finding Their Writer’s Craft

Inspirations kick in when we’re least expecting them. When it comes to famous authors who have made onto shelves, charts and even the world’s wealthiest writers’ list, have you ever wondered what gave them that much-needed kick to begin  crafting their unforgettable stories? 


1. J.K. Rowling


Via Stylist Magazine

Via Stylist Magazine


“In 1990, my then-boyfriend and I decided to get a flat and move to Manchester together. We would flat hunt every once in awhile. One weekend after flat hunting, I took the train back to London on my own, and the idea for Harry Potter fell into my head,” Rowling told Urbanette magazine in an interview. “Coincidentally, I didn’t have a pen and was too shy to ask anyone for one on the train, which frustrated me at the time, but when I look back it was the best thing for me. It gave me the full four hours on the train to think up all the ideas for the book.”


“A scrawny, little black haired, bespectacled boy became more and more of a wizard to me. He became more real,” she continued, “I think if I might have slowed down on the ideas and began to write them down. I would’ve stifled some of those ideas. I began to write ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ that very evening. Although, the first couple of pages look nothing like the finished product.”


2. Stephen King


Via BookBub Blog

Via Bookbub Blog


“For me, on a cold fall day in 1959 or 1960, the attic over my uncle and aunt’s garage was the place where that interior dowsing rod suddenly turned over, where the compass needle swung emphatically toward some mental true north. That was the day I happened to come upon a box of my father’s books… paperbacks from the mid-1940s.”


3. Stephenie Meyer


Via the Verge

Via the Verge


As Stephenie Meyer writes on her website: “It all started on June 2, 2003… I woke up from a very vivid dream. In my dream, two people were having an intense conversation in a meadow in the woods. One of these people was just your average girl. The other person was fantastically beautiful, sparkly, and a vampire…. I didn’t want to lose the dream, so I typed out as much as I could remember, calling the characters ‘he’ and ‘she.’’


3. Paula Hawkins


Paula Hawkins

Image courtesy of David Levene | the Guardian


Before her debut novel, Hawkins worked as a financial journalist. In order to complete “The Girl on the Train”, she had to ask for money from her family. “If this didn’t work, I was either going to have to go back to being a journalist or come up with something completely new to do. It was the last chance,” she informed the Guardian.


4. Toni Morrison


Via Gawker Review of Books

Via Gawker Review of Books


When Morrison had joined an amateur writer’s group during her earlier years,  she was unaware that each member had to produce prose of some kind on a regular basis. “I was home and I was thinking, ‘What am I going to write and what do I know?’” she recounted in a 2016 speech. “And then I remembered an incident from my childhood that I remembered very carefully and what it meant, not just what happened, but what it meant. And then I began to write, and it became “The Bluest Eye”.”


5. James Patterson


Via Masterclass

Via Masterclass


“I worked my way through college. I had a lot of night shifts, so I started reading like crazy. Then I started writing. And I found that I loved it. When I was 26, I wrote my first mystery, “The Thomas Berryman Number”, and it was turned down by, I don’t know, 31 publishers. Then it won an Edgar for Best First Novel. Go figure.”


6. John Grisham


John Grisham



Before writing “A Time to Kill”, an inspiration spark hit Grisham when he observed a case during which a 12-year-old girl had to supply evidence for her rape. As he watched her father, he wondered how the event would unravel if he was in their shoes and how the legal system would respond. “The story was also autobiographical in that it was about a trial in a small Mississippi town where this young lawyer gets a big verdict. That was pretty much my dream at the time. My ambitions were still legal, not literary.” He said to the Guardian.


7. E.L. James


Via Google Play

Via Google Play


The author of “Fifty Shades of Grey”, E.L. James, began accumulating valuable experience when she started to write Twilight fanfiction under the name of Snowqueen’s Icedragon.


8. David Foster Wallace


Via the Huffington Post

Via the Huffington Post


When Wallace’s college girlfriend expressed that she’d rather live in a fictional kingdom and become a book character than live in reality, an idea struck him. He continued further exploration on this sudden moment of inspiration and then managed to publish his first novel, “The Broom of the System”.


9. Suzanne Collins


Via Famous Authors

Via Famous Authors


“One night, I was lying in bed, and I was channel surfing between reality TV programs and actual war coverage. On one channel, there’s a group of young people competing for I don’t even know; and on the next, there’s a group of young people fighting in an actual war. I was really tired, and the lines between these stories started to blur in a very unsettling way. That’s the moment when Katniss’s story came to me,” Collins said in an interview.


Feature image courtesy of Stylist Magazine, the Guardian and CNN.



Summer Reading List

20 Books for Your Ultimate Summer Reading List


From our friends at BookSparks

Summer is here, and that means our reading appetites are in full swing. We rounded up 20 of this summer’s most buzzed about titles that are sure to make a big splash in the literary world and compliment all of your summer adventures. From sweet suspense and epic family dramas to quintessential beach reads, add these reads to your summer picnic basket to satisfy your literary cravings. 


Into the Water by Paula Hawkins


Into the Water


The bestselling author of The Girl on the Train returns with a summer blockbuster of engrossing literary suspense: Into the Water. When a single mother turns up dead at the bottom of a lake, her teenage daughter is left in an aunt’s care…but the arrangement is anything less than simple. A twisty and maddening reading experience that will leave readers guessing until the unnerving conclusion, this is classic Hawkins storytelling.


Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan


Rich People Problems


A Chinese family torn apart by fortune, psychotic ex-wives, jealousy and a battle for inheritance – yes, this is just as entertaining as it sounds. Kevin Kwan delivers the ultimate summer read with his much-anticipated family drama, Rich People Problems – trust us, it doesn’t disappoint. 


The People We Hate at The Wedding by Grant Ginder


The People We Hate at the Wedding


Craving a dose of dysfunctional family? Well, you just stumbled upon this summer’s best version of it. When Paul and Alice reunite with their flamboyant mother for the lavish wedding of their half-sister Eloise in London, what unfolds is anything but family peace. The hilariously unforgettable story of a less than perfect family, The People We Hate at The Wedding will leave you grateful for your own strange clan.


The Captain’s Daughter by Meg Mitchell Moore


The Captain's Daughter


When her father injures himself in a boating accident, Eliza Barnes leaves her affluent Massachusetts surroundings for her small Maine hometown: Little Harbor. Combine an emotional homecoming with the reemergence of first love and old secrets, and you have a classic summer beach read you won’t be able to put down (really, not even for a moment).  


The Rules of Half by Jenna Patrick  


The Rules of Half


The death of an infant daughter and his severe bipolar disorder has Will Fletcher questioning everything about his life – especially his ability to be a father. When a 15-year-old girl turns up at his door claiming to be his daughter, will he step over his darkest fears to be there for her? This breathtaking tale of a small town family is one of the most unique literary explorations of mental disorder in modern fiction.   


The Leavers by Lisa Ko


The Leaders


Deming Guo grows up in a web of sadness, insecurity and confusion after his Chinese immigrant mother disappears one day on her way to work. Meanwhile, his incognito mother Polly must grapple with her circumstances and make heartbreaking decisions to steer her unpredictable fate. An epic global story about growing pains and facing the mistakes of the past, The Leavers is one of this summer’s most exquisite works of prose. 


Light Radiance Splendor by Leah Chyten 


Light Radiance Splendor


For those readers in need of a spiritual awakening this summer, this enchanting event in religious fiction will captivate your soul from the first word to the mesmerizing last. The divine Shekinah must escape exile in order to restore light, peace and forgiveness to the world – but is it far too late? A magical summer treat that transports you to another world, Light Radiance Splendor is a powerful healing experience within itself.  


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo


From the master of heart-captivating sweeping stories, Taylor Jenkins Reid delivers another literary hit (with a star heroine) that will be the talk of every beach reader this summer. Aging Hollywood starlet Evelyn Hugo hires junior magazine reporter Monique Grant to pen the story of her life…but why? A vibrant and touching celebration of life, truth and old Hollywood, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo will dazzle every summer reader who picks it up. 


The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand


The Identicals


Two identical twin sisters living in picturesque coastal New England on the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard– the problem? Well, they haven’t seen each other in over a decade. When a family crisis forces them to switch lives (and islands), old resentments, blossoming love and mistaken identities boil into one of the most addictive family dramas of the year.


It’s Always the Husband by Michele Campbell


It's Always the Husband


Or is it? This suspenseful and captivating read takes us on one of the most anticipated adventures of summer reading. Three college roommates become frenemies over the course of two decades…but will their deep-harbored envies be enough to cause a murder? When one ends up dead, readers will be asking themselves one tell-all question: is it always the husband, or is there a more sinister force at play?


The Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green


The Sunshine Sisters


When former Hollywood starlet Ronni Sunshine calls her three estranged (and wildly different) daughters back home to help her peacefully end her life, what unfolds is one of the sweetest and hysterical family dramas of summer. Will deep jealousies, hidden secrets, and huge fears tear their sisterhood apart forever, or will love finally patch their family back together?


In This Moment by Karma Brown


In This Moment


When Meg Pepper gestures to a teenage boy to cross the road, he is hit by a car, changing her life forever. Racked with guilt, she remains by the boy’s side during the entire rehab process, but in the process Meg finds herself drifting apart from her own family… and dangerously closer to the boy’s father. A spectacular and emotionally rich exploration of the irreversible ways tiny decisions can make the greatest impacts on life, In This Moment will haunt the heart of every reader. 


The Alice Network by Kate Quinn


The Alice Network


In need of a historical fiction fix and your favorite new heroines? Look no further, you just discovered your new go-to historical escape and your new fictional woman crushes. A female spy recruited for the Alice Network in France and an American socialite are brought together in unforgettable ways that will captivate the imagination of every reader. A brave tale of courage, redemption and determination to find the truth, The Alice Network is one of summer’s most moving tales.  


The Half-Life of Remorse by Grant Jarrett (SparkPress)


The Half-Life of Romance


Two lost and emotionally scarred souls meet on the streets of Indiana, but both are unaware that their paths crossed many years before…and trust us, it’s complicated.  A moving literary trifecta of psychological trauma, criminal records, and deeply dysfunctional families, The Half-Life of Remorse is the read that will break your heart and patch it back together again, page by touching page.


The Café by the Sea by Jenny Colgan


The Cafe by the Sea


Flora never looked back when she left her tiny Irish village for a new life in bustling London, but then fate intervenes. Forced to return to her family and roots (very reluctantly), Flora discovers there is much more to her hometown than she ever realized, including a building by the sea in need of serious restoration. A spectacular celebration of discovering future in the past, The Café by the Sea is mandatory reading material this summer. 


Lying to Children by Alex Shahla


Lying to Children


A fictional father pens loving letters to his college-aged daughter and son about their family’s tumultuous and hysterical history — the good, the bad and the simply awkward. A wonderful literary celebration of the white lies parents often feed children in an attempt to protect them, Lying to Children is one of this summer’s most hysterical reads.


Proof by C.E. Tobisman




The adventures of techie-turned-attorney Caroline Auden continue when she discovers the charity her late grandmother unexpectedly left her estate to is based on everything but good will. As Caroline digs deeper into the charity’s background, she discovers a sinister plot that sends her running for her life in the streets of Los Angeles. It’s rare that a sequel lives up to its predecessor, but Proof is a thrilling crime-solving mystery for every level of the imagination.  


The Summer House by Hannah McKinnon


The Summer House


Beach read veteran, Hannah McKinnon returns with a summer family drama that needs to be in your straw tote bag immediately. Flossy Merrill gathers her three grown-up children for a family reunion at the family’s Rhode Island beach house, and the daggers of emotion, jealousy, heartache and secrets hit the fan. This emotionally charged novel about a family coming together under one roof for a magical drama-filled summer (which could potentially be their last) will surprise and provoke your heart with every page turned.  


Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica


Every Last Lie


A widow goes on an exhilarating hunt to discover the truth about her late husband’s car crash…but what she uncovers is a dangerous web of lies and deceit. One of the year’s most anticipated literary events in suspense, Every Last Lie is the adrenaline rush to indulge in this season. Oh, and the unnerving conclusion will haunt your psyche long after summer is over.


The Darkest Promise by Gena Showalter


The Darkest Promise


No summer is complete without a fair indulgence of heavy romance – that’s where The Darkest Promise comes in. A cruel leader loses his focus on ruling his kingdom when Cameo enters his life – a woman possessed by the demon of misery, trapped in a reality where she is unable to experience joy. One of the most entrancing love stories of the year, Gena Showalter’s words double as magic that will bewitch your imagination all summer long.