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Goodreads asked Patrick Oster:

How do you get inspired to write?

Patrick Oster As a journalist, I have spotted events or people that make me think they might be the core or at least a part of a novel. My comic novel The Commuter has a lot of information about cyber-hacking and counterfeit goods,two subjects of stories I have edited. The German Club is set against the fall of the Berlin Wall, which I covered 25 years ago as a reporter.
Once you have the backdrop, of course, you still have to come up with characters, and that often starts with just asking: so what kind of character do I need to fit into these real-life events? and once you have their resumes sketched out, you may find they begin telling you where the story should go. Really. It's spooky.

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