Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Birth of a Story

People often ask where ideas for our books come from. I'd like to answer that one by describing how A Treasure for Sara came to be. The original idea for Bear came when I outlined a series of stories about a ghost, although those stories have never seen the light of day. One of the characters from those crazy ideas was a hero named Bear. He was such a delighted character I had to give him his own story.

Now jump ahead for a couple of years. I’ve always wanted to see Alaska, but there was never enough time or money to take the trip. After we retired, I found a trip that would suit. (Not too much money, and a lot of Alaska)

So, off we went, first on the plane, then to the ship, then to the RV and on our way to see Alaska.

Of course, first we traveled through the Yukon. And, that is where Sara was born.

As I looked at the glorious country, I tired to imagine how a city girl from late nineteenth century eastern city, someplace like Philadelphia, might react to the outstanding views. I was a woman from a big city, at the time Detroit was consided a large city, and I knew what my awesome reaction was, majestic mountains, glorious waterfalls, wild rivers and lakes so still you can see the shadows of the snow peaks and enormous pines. Of course, there had to be a reason for a girl like that come to this isolated region? So enter her father.

Then she meets Bear, and that's where the fun begins. He is a quiet giant who endures the wilderness, and she can’t keep her mouth shut.

And  so,  “A Treasure For Sara” was born.

Allison Knight


Big Mike said...

Alaska's always been one of my places to go on my bucket list. Beautiful state with great people. Just have to kick this old butt in gear.

Michael Davis (Davisstories.com)
Author of the Year (2008 and 2009)
Award of Excellence (2011)

Julie Eberhart Painter said...

Very appealing premise with the description to enhance the story. I lean toward the warmer climes, but a book is a safe way to visit Alaska.

An old friend camped with his recently graduated daugher, age 22, all across Alaska in 1998. They saw much more nature that way, but it was tough on the hindquarters.

January Bain said...

My first book due out in July is set mainly in Alaska! And like Julie says, its a nice safe way to visit it!

Rita Bay said...

Nice story, Allison. I'll add it to my list also. I didn't know you RV'd. Rita Bay