I'm blessed with an active imagination. I'm dreaming up ideas even now as I'm answering this question! But I also get inspired by other books and what other authors are doing. I attribute this to my liking to stay true to myself and my own artistic whims. You're probably thinking, but how can I stay true to myself if I'm mimicking someone else's work??? Well, what I tell myself is that a part of being true to myself is allowing my inspirations to shine through in my own works. Also, those inspirations are largely just the seeds. From the point that seed begins to sprout, I follow my imagination wherever it may grow.