Writers are often asked where the ideas come from and how to go from a simple inspiration to a novel. Since my latest novel, Canaan’s Land debuted on Monday in both electronic and paperback formats, I thought I’d share the process from idea to finished novel.

Writers are often asked where the ideas come from and how to go from a simple inspiration to a novel.  Since my latest novel, Canaan’s Land debuted on Monday in both electronic and paperback formats, I thought I’d share the process from idea to finished novel.
The idea began when I happened across Canaan as a first name.  It intrigued me and as far as I can remember, it’s not a name I had heard before.  I liked the solid, old-fashioned sound of it and I decided it seemed like the kind of name that might be handed down over generations.  Something about it made me think about rural life and farming.  So I came up with a character, Canaan Moss, Cane for short, who lived on a Missouri Century farm. For anyone not familiar, a  Century farm has been in the same family for at least one hundred years.  Cane still farms, and has resisted taking outside employment. He’s considering it, however, because he’s experiencing some financial difficulty.  

Read the complete story in the Jan. 18 print edition of the Neosho Daily News.