Lois Hastings
Lois Hastings asked Diane Chamberlain:

Hi Diane, Do you start a novel with an idea for a character, a location or an emotion/event? I'd like to know your inspiration when embarking on a new book. I'm studying for a Creative Writing degree and always struggle with the first step. Many thanks, love your books so much.x

Diane Chamberlain Although I don't plan "how to start a novel", it seems I usually come up with a situation first. Then I think about what sort of character would have the toughest time dealing with that situation. That will usually make for interesting reading. Good luck getting your degree!
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