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Joseph Kanon, author of our Fiction Book of the Month Leaving Berlin, explains how his novel came about through pulling at the loose thread of another story.
Book ideas are supposed to come out of thin air pretty much formed and appear above your head like a light bulb. Sometimes they actually do happen this way. My first book, Los Alamos, came to me with a question. I had gone to Los Alamos as a tourist, curious to see where the atomic bomb had been developed, and as I walked around the town imagining what life had been like for the scientists on their isolated, secret mesa, the light bulb popped on: what would have happened if there had been a crime? More questions were to follow, a whole book of them, but that was the beginning. Read more...