Where Do Ideas Come From?

Spectacular story starters, study guides and classroom resources

Non-Fiction - Writing/Publishing
78 Pages
Reviewed on 10/05/2016
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Author Biography

Simon's first novel for middle grade and young adult readers, The Alchemist’s Portrait, was published in 2003, followed by The Sorcerer’s Letterbox in 2004, The Clone Conspiracy in 2005, The Emerald Curse in 2006, The Heretic’s Tomb in 2007, The Doomsday Mask in 2009, The Time Camera in 2011, The Sphere of Septimus in 2014, Future Imperfect in 2016, the Flashback series, comprising Flashback, Twisted Fate, and Parallel Destiny, in 2015, 2016, and 2018, the Shadowzone series, comprising Shadowzone, Into the Web, and Black Dawn, in 2017, and The Stone of the Seer series in 2022. He's also the author of The Children’s Writer’s Guide, The Working Writer’s Guide, The Time Traveler’s Guide, The Social Media Writer’s Guide, a contributing author to The Complete Guide to Writing Science Fiction Volume One, and has written more than a hundred non-fiction books.

Simon offers a number of services for writers, including editing, manuscript evaluation, coaching, mentoring, and writing workshops, in addition to copywriting services for the business community. He's a writing instructor for adults with the University of Calgary and offers online workshops for both children and adults. He also offers a wide variety of presentations, workshops, and author in residence programs for schools and libraries, as well as virtual author visits.

Simon is a regular presenter at conferences and festivals, and served as the Writer-in-Residence with the Canadian Authors Association.

Full details can be found on his website at www.simon-rose.com.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

There is nothing better than a good story to sweep one’s imagination away to another world. But these stories originated somewhere and there are always some interesting tangents that a reader can pursue based on a good story. Teachers are always looking for new and exciting ways to expand on a story shared in class. Simon Rose’s Where Do Ideas Come From? does just that. He takes the content of his own published stories and provides a wonderful teacher’s resource with many interesting and diverse avenues for young readers to explore.

Simon is the author of several books for young readers. The Alchemist’s Portrait is a time travel story that starts with a visit to the art gallery. The main character, Matthew, travels to various historic time periods that in itself provides topics for class projects. For his young people’s novel, The Clone Conspiracy, Simon makes suggestions to help teachers and students explore the scientific and very controversial topic of cloning and other medical marvels. Simon explores each of his young people’s novels and presents innovative exercises and projects to help teachers expand on the class’s learning as well as to heighten their awareness of specific topics, historic, scientific and artistic, and inspire them to want to read more. As Simon points out, “A novel might also inspire children to create their own stories.” This is a great teacher’s resource, but it is also a useful guide for other authors of young people’s literature. The idea of creating a learning guide for young people’s books is truly inspired.