Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?
Lisa D. Jones My most recent book, "Tales of Mayhem Book One" was released yesterday. It is a collection of five short stories. I keep a "dream journal". Most of these stories came from nightmares that I'd had. "Atheists on a Train" had a different source: my college Ethics instructor, Jeff Pettineo. In class, he would always give us a discussion topic. His goal was to teach us. Our goal was to listen and find a way to make him laugh in each class session. This was not always an easy task. One particular day, the discussion topic he gave us was that there was a train going over a bridge with 100 people on it and a child down below with his arm caught in the railing system: which do you make the effort to save? My response: "Why the hell would my son be down there sticking his arm in a railing system in the first place? He's smarter than that". This got a smile from Mr. P, but nothing more. One of the other students said that he had heard a different version of it: 500 people on the train and the boy had his entire body stuck in the railing system. Mr. P asked for feedback then pointed at me (smiling) and said "Not you", which he often said since he knew I would say something in an effort to make him laugh. As soon as he said that, instead of anyone else answering, they all hushed and looked at me, waiting for me to answer. Mr. P gave in and told me to "go ahead then". So, of course, I said something sarcastic along the lines of "Well what if it's a train full of atheists?". Mr. P put his index finger on his chin and said, "Hmmm. Atheists on a train. That sounds like it would make a great book". I said I'd write it...and I did. Class ended three weeks later and I made sure that the story was done before then just so I could present it to Mr. That was the muse for the story. The actual content popped into my head as I wrote. The more I wrote, the more ideas that flowed. The more ideas that flowed, the more crap I deleted and rewrote. The basic point: just write! Worry about editing later.