Goodreads asked Mae Redding:

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

Mae Redding My idea for 'The Color of Jade' came from a few things that happened to come together at the same time. One of my daughters requested the books the Hunger Games for Christmas and wanted me to read them, so I did. December 2011, I read them, one after the other, in five days. I loved them, but the ending of the third book upset me enough that I wanted to write something that didn't involve killing sweet, little girls. I have three daughters of my own and I wanted to write a better ending, (funny, right? Not possible, those books are great and I can see now, why it had to end the way it did). It got my mind thinking though on the writing process and how people come up with such stories.
At the same time, if you remember, the Doomsday December 21, 2012 had been predicted and was big on the T.V. This worried my youngest daughter. By profession, I am a nurse at a local hospital and she was worried about what would happen to me and to them if I was at work on 12/21/2012. She even wanted me to take that day off. Cute.
Nevertheless, we had a discussion on safety and emergency preparedness and to not believe everything you see on T.V.
But, this gave me the idea for my novel and January 2, 2012 I started writing. The words came faster than I could type them and before I new it I had seventy five pages. I was amazed that I could write even one. I wasn't a writer before this, the only classes I took were the required English classes for my nursing degree.

I know that was a long story, but that is how I got my first idea, not only for the novel, but to actually write in the first place.

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