I never run out of ideas because they are everywhere. Where?
* In childhood
+ I have many stories about my sister and how she treated little ME!
+ I began my novel In the Shade of the Nispero Tree on a day when I missed my second-grade friend, Hilcia. Later the characters acted differently than Hilcia and I did, so I changed their names and the memoir turned into a novel.
* In oral traditions
+ Juan Bobo:Four Folktales from Puerto Rico are stories I heard when I was growing up.
+ Shake It, Morena! is a collection of stories, songs, riddles, and games from my childhood.
* In heroes
+ I have four published biographies: Poet and Politician of Puerto Rico: Don Luis Munoz Marin , Cesar: Si, se puede! Yes, We Can! , Frida: Viva la vida! Long Live Life! , and Diego: Bigger than Life.
+ My father is also a hero, and I want to write about him.
* In the grave
+ Cemeteries are good places to find ideas. In Canada I found a grave covered with marbles. Why? I have an answer cooking in my head.
* In the "What if?"
+ Since I was shorter than I am now I've stared at people. I didn't know it then, but I was becoming a writer. I stared because I wanted to be in their heads. I wanted to know what they were thinking. I couldn't do that. So I made it up. "What if he's thinking how delicious that chocolate ice cream he's licking is, and what if at the bottom of the sugar cone a cockroach is waiting to jump out?" I'm lactose intolerant, you see?
I wish I could have more time to write, because there are as many stories as there are numbers.
Ten writers for children. All with something to say.