One of the questions that every writers gets is, “Where do you get your ideas?” The best answer I’ve heard so far was from Robert Heinlein, who answered that he subscribed to the Schenectady Creative Writer’s Idea Club and once a month, they sent him ideas in the mail. Although, I suppose these days, that’d be by email.

When a writer friend of mine was putting together an anthology with the theme “Crime and <blank>” and each writer fills in the <blank>, smart-ass me blurted out “Gummibears” just to be contrarian. To put something in that blank no one would expect. When he said, “Gummibears? Sounds interesting. I’m looking forward to seeing what you write for that.”

Okay, then. While I had fun coming up with the idea and writing the story, I’ll be honest, it was one of those moments where my mouth wrote a cheque that the rest of me had to cash. We’ve all been there, haven’t we? Haven’t we?

In truth, I don’t know where my ideas come from. I just know that they pop up if I’m paying attention. Usually, it’s at an inopportune time, when it can’t be written down — like when I wake up at 2 AM and convince myself (every damn time) that I don’t need to get up and write it down, I’ll remember it in the morning. You all know how that ends up, right?

Anyways, like I explained last week in Thirteen Sounds, it’s still crazy-busy here and, honestly, I just never got around to putting together a Saturday afternoon story for you. In lieu of that, I took a quick few moments last night before the hockey game to chuck together a cover for Crime and Gummibears and get it set up on Bookfunnel, so if you’d like something to read this afternoon, you can get it.

Just click Crime and Gummibears, pop your email address in when they ask for it and you can download and enjoy it moments later. After you’ve read it, if you wouldn’t mind dropping me a quick email and letting me know if you enjoyed it, I’d appreciate it. Would you like to see more stories about Detective Sergeant Michael O’Halloran? Would you like to see more short thriller or detective fiction in the weeks and months to come?

I always look forward to hearing from you guys and I’m curious as to what you’d like to read. Drop me a line and let me know. We can chat about it.

Have a great Saturday!