Inspiration comes from many areas. Primarily I take an idea that I can't seem to get out of my head and turn it into a story. Ideas come from other books I've read (usually nonfiction), trips I've taken with my family, or just general day to day current events. I also read a lot and write in other formats, including occasional blog posts and lengthy emails to friends. As far as getting inspired to write, well, I don't need to talk myself into doing something I love, the inspiration is just there.