Writing ideas come from everywhere. Look around. Watch people. Pay attention to things happening in your own family. Stories come from your surroundings and experiences. Here are a few of mine. Look for them in my books!
The ideas for the characters in the Cousins Series come mostly from my family. As you know I have 4 siblings. Each one is married with children, so there are lots of cousins. Many times I combine my childhood experiences with my cousins along with my children’s experiences with their cousins. I also throw in anecdotes from the students in my classroom.
Most of the Cousins Series revolves around my daughter. She has a genetic condition called 22q Deletion Syndrome. The character of Gabriella is based on her. She suffers from a low immune system which means she gets sick easily. She takes lots of medicine, and goes to the doctor often. My daughter also has Autism. She experiences lots of anxiety and likes things to remain the same. She does not like change.
My son is also in the Cousins Series. The character of Carmelo is based on him. He is a great big brother to my daughter, but I know at times she tries his patience. He always took such great care of her in school and on the bus. We missed him terribly when he went off to college.
I use real locations to create each story, and then add fiction. Some of the true places for my stories are:
I add real situations in my stories. Some of them are: