As a writer, one of the thing I get asked the most is where do I get my ideas. And it's not always an easy question to answer.
Ideas for stories pop into my head all the time. Sometimes it's a newspaper article that sparks something, sometimes a movie or television documentary. Other times it's a song. I have one book that sprang entirely from a single comment someone made in a documentary. And oddly, when I went back and re-watched it after writing the book, I couldn't figure out what it was that had affected me so deeply.
The thing with ideas though, is that they need to be more than just a spark. Once that spark has been set, I need to think about it for quite a while, trying to figure out if it's a big enough story to make a book. Often they're not and the spark fizzles out. Sometimes it's only once I get a second germ of an idea that a single spark comes alight. Which is what happened for An Unstill Life (which began its life called The Boyfriend Plague). It was an okay story as it was, but once I read an article about a school that wouldn't allow same sex couples at school dances, I had an idea how to make it even better.
Often ideas get changed and twisted so much in the actual writing of the book, it's difficult to see where the starting point may have been. But as long as the story winds up being satisfying, I don't think it matters what sparked the initial idea.
Where do you get your ideas?