Love John Scalzi’s blog. “The Big Idea” features writers talking about how they got the ideas for their books.
Here’s an excerpt from my post:
All These Things I’ve Done is an organized crime family saga that takes place in a near future where chocolate is illegal. The book has the semi-misfortune of being smacked across the face with the dystopian label, because people like to call things dystopian without, or so it seems to me, more than a hazy notion of what that means. (I recently saw a pair of shoes described in catalog copy as having a “dystopian finish.” I took this to mean “distressed” and/or looking like something that Helena Bonham Carter might wear. But I digress again.)
(Seriously people, I promise that All These Things I’ve Done isn’t a dystopia.)