our teacher is always telling us to read between the lines so I was wondering how you got the idea of this story? Did you earlier life influence it?
I’m happy to say that nothing as weird or dangerous as the Phoenix Files story ever happened to me in my earlier life! But some of my ideas for the series have been influenced by real-life experiences.
Some of the people in Phoenix are a bit like real people I’ve met (although none of them are directly based on any one person).
Same with some of the places – when I was coming up Phoenix High, I basically just took bits of my old high school and bits of other schools where I’ve worked as a teacher, and mixed them all together.
Even the books I’ve read (and the movies and TV shows I’ve watched) have been influential, because they’ve helped me learn how to write a story that makes sense and is (hopefully) fun and interesting.