Goodreads asked John Martin:

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

John Martin I think I'm more of a discovery writer than a planner. I start out with a vague idea, a couple of characters I can bang together like rocks and see what sparks emerge, and I see how it all goes. Only when the story comes apparent to me, do I do planning. I know plotters would be appalled to hear this, but if it's any comfort to them I never take a shopping list to the stores either. It's nice finding those surprise ingredients.
John Martin

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