I always keep my mind open to everyday events that I can use in my work. I don't directly base any of my characters or their experiences on real people or events, but I find even the most fantastic characters and settings are more interesting when grounded with a dose of reality.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To introduce new thoughts and ideas to readers and entertain at the same time. As a reader and writer, I like to write what I would want to read.