After a diagnosis of early stage breast cancer, novelist Jamie Brenner found some unexpected writing inspiration.
The experience helped her write stories about characters closer to her life, and she wrote her next novel in a single month. She explained over at Shelf Experience:
while it’s fun to write about 20-something women discovering love for the first time, I am a 40-something woman who experiences love and sex from a very different perspective. And I knew I had to write about that. For the first time, I didn’t show my idea to a publisher. I didn’t even bother writing up a proposal. One week after I had surgery, I sat down at my computer and began writing the story that was bursting in my mind.