One of the most frequently asked questions writers get is “Where do your ideas come from?”

Sometimes they come from our pasts, or from newspaper articles, sometimes they come from our dreams, or an overheard conversation in a waiting room gets us thinking.  Sometimes we have absolutely no idea where they came from.

With Away & Back it was just a little pond by our house and some winter visitors.

On Miller's Pond

Miller’s Pond is less than a mile up the road from our house in Teton Valley, Idaho.  It’s a beautiful little spot bordering an organic dairy pasture with big fat Geurnsey’s named after the characters in Scooby Doo.  We drove past Miller’s Pond on the way to town and back on a regular basis.  We immediately noticed the strange flappy, spinning rectangles dangling from the power lines that ran alongside the pond, but we had no idea what they were.

Then one cold, sunny morning in January we passed the pond to find over 30 Trumpeter Swans and cygnets.