Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Where'd I get the idea?

Welcome to Day 2 of The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade Book Launch Party! I hope you guys are having just as much fun as I am and I really appreciate you stopping by!

As an author, one of the biggest questions you often receive is where did you get the idea? That's the cool thing about writing. Ideas come from all over and different authors have different sources of inspiration. You never know when the idea will spark, but an author's mind is usually turning 24/7 for that next great idea.

For me, all of my writing inspiration comes from my two boys. They constantly crack me up and have such a fresh take on the world. In fact, the idea for The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade came to me when one of my sons had that dreaded stomach virus every parent dreads. You know--the one they catch, then it spreads to every other single family member in the house? Ugh!

Anywhoooo... When everyone asked how he was doing, I would say, “He caught the bug.” It's something everybody says when they're sick, but the more I said it, something clicked. So I expanded on the play on words of catching a bug--meaning getting sick and catching an insect.

The book didn't nearly start out the way it ended up and it saw many transformations over the year that it took to write. (I'll show you some pictures of my manuscripts later today!) I also needed to figure out what my bug was going to be. It had to be fun, but it also had to be rare. So I researched bug after bug and knew I had the one when I stumbled upon the Hine's Emerald Dragonfly. 

I had never heard of The Hine's Emerald Dragonfly before writing this book, but it turns out, this dragonfly is quite special. It's an endangered species and the only dragonfly added to the U.S. List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants. It is illegal to harm, harass, collect, or kill the dragonfly without a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Historically, the Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly was found in Alabama,Indiana, and Ohio and probably has been extirpated in those states. Today the dragonfly can only be found in Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin. So it's quite a feat for our main character, Matt, who lives in Ohio to discover one of these amazing dragonflies on the grille of his dad's car!

So from a stomach virus, and a little research on the only dragonfly listed on the Federal endangered species list, The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade was born!


  1. I'm excited for you with your book launch party, Lori! Look forward to reading more. Thanks for the interesting info about the Hine's Emerald Dragonfly.

  2. Love the dragonfly's pretty green eyes!

  3. Thanks for stopping by, ladies! I was fascinated by this dragonfly, too. It's beautiful.

    I just love dragonflies and we get a lot of them here in CT. I could sit and watch them all day--they really are like little helicopters.

  4. Lori, it was so much fun reading about your inspiration and about the endangered dragonfly. I just love dragonflies! I can't wait to read your book. Thanks for throwing this party!