Where do you get your ideas?

Ideas are everywhere and anyone can catch them if they practice watching and listening to what’s going on around them.

Sometimes ideas come to me from my own experiences, sometimes from other people’s. Sometimes they come to me when I’m reading a book someone else has written, sometimes when I’m in the middle of writing one of my own!

Find out where I got the ideas for specific books.

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Kathy Stinson is the author of the classic Red Is Best and the award-winning The Man with the Violin. Her wide range of titles includes picture books, non-fiction, young adult fiction, historical fiction, horror, biography, series books, and short stories. She has met with her readers in every province and territory of Canada, in the United States, Britain, Liberia, and Korea. She lives in a small town in Ontario.

Kathy Stinson


  1. Janet Barclay on April 8, 2011 at 1:40 am

    As someone who has known you forever, I love it when I'm reading one of your books or stories and recognize a character, place, or event. 🙂

  2. Kathy Stinson on April 8, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Even when that character is singing in her sleep (as in Who Is Sleeping In Aunty's Bed)?

  3. Janet Barclay on April 8, 2011 at 9:07 am

    😀 😀

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