I get my ideas from my life. However, the stories are not exactly what happened. I embellish to make the stories more interesting to the reader and more universal. For example, when my son and I created the "And I Thought About You" routine, the building I was working in did not have a shiny new elevator. I was working at a school in Hong Kong in a beautiful old building. Since there were no elevators, I had to climb over 100 stairs just to get to my office.
One story I wrote called Hunting the Moon is about a time when my two sons and I woke up at 4:00 in the morning to see the lunar eclipse. It was cloudy that morning but we were determined. We spent the next couple hours searching for the moon all over town. We were still in our pajamas.
Another story, When it Snows comes from memories of my childhood. We used to go to upstate New York in the winter. With no friends and no TV, one would think my brother and I would be really bored. But we weren't, we would have snowball fights, go sledding, ice-skate on the frozen pond and have the most thrilling time together, espcially when it snowed.