Author's Comment: The world is full of [writing] ideas, newspapers, gossip, noticing things...ideas are ten a penny. The hard part is taking an idea and then pinning it down into a story line. Just like making a cake or building a house, a book must be planned, from the rough plans on the back of an envelope, to a more formal planning stage, to the 'scaffolding' and the foundations, the structure, the plot and the creation of characters. This part takes a lot of time and thinking. Then I have to go out to find the information I need - it might be spending a day with the police dogs...[or] speaking with a lawyer in order to get something legally 'right' in the book. Then I start writing because by that stage, I know where I'm going. Of course, I might deviate from my plan if a better idea emerges, scrap what I've done and rewrite. That gets me to first draft... Then it's a matter of just going over and over...[after] perhaps six drafts or so, the MS is ready to be seen by a professional editor.