"Wendelin shares what she's learned--about writing, life, and what it takes to live the writing life. This book is packed with practical advice on the craft: about how to create characters and plot a story that's exciting to read. But maybe even more helpful is the insight she provides into the persistence, and perseverance, it takes to live a productive, creative life e answers the age-old question Where do you get your ideas? by revealing how events in her own life became the seeds of her best-loved novels."--Provided by publisher.