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Goodreads asked Sheila Callaham:

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

Sheila Callaham I got the idea for "The Desert Sands" two summers ago my then 10 year old son and I were working on his writing skills. We were discussing his favorite books and characters. When I asked him what his character would be like if he were to write a book, he described Wells Worthy. Not surprisingly, they even look similar! We had so much fun working on the project, I asked if it would be okay for me to take his character and plot (a treasure hunt) and turning it into a real book. He was delighted with the idea and loves how it came to fruition.

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