Teen authors David & Laura Lee (Inspire us to write)

David T. Lee (15 year-old of 5 books, published a 4,500-word sci-fi at 7); Laura T. Lee (13 year-old of 2 novels, published a 62,000-word novel at 10)

How I got the ideas for my 1st and 2nd books and what inspired me to write my books?

Written By: David T. Lee - Jan• 21•12

Here’s how I got the ideas for my first book Danny and the Portal of the World.

Around the time I wrote the first pages from my first book, I began drawing Danny. He started as a kind of like a stick figure, then it got better later. At the time I wrote the first pages, I was also highly interested in the way Roald Dahl (the author) writes his books.

I also had a very high sense of imagination (which I still have) and the day I actually wrote the beginning of the story, I was already drawing out the cover. Then I had an idea that this Danny would go into a portal of the world he had just invented and go blah blah blah and do this and that and do other cool stuff in that place. One of my goals of the book was to make a happy ending for his family and also make a good epilogue.

I was in school at the time, so at the end of the day, I wrote the several papers of Danny and the Portal of the World. I never knew that I would one day reveal these papers.

So now, I had invented the core. But like a building, I have to make the walls and the windows and the door and like a book, I have to fill in all the blank spaces to finish it, so, several months later, my dad noticed the stuff I bring home, so one night, he asked me to empty out the folder where I keep my manuscripts and by chance, he chose Danny and the Portal of the World.

Some of the original papers were long gone, others were still intact after several months, but nevertheless, they were the same as before. Immediately, I was put to business, and my ultimate goal: finish the book.

Now lets move on to my 2nd book. While I was in the 11th chapter of my first book, I had an idea that Danny would go into outer space, but right then, I had a problem. “How does Danny go there? And who goes with him on the adventure?” I asked myself. One week later, I had the core built for the story: Danny would go on an enormous toy space ship, head for outer space and see lots of cool stuff there. The book says that at the end, the spaceship crash lands in the rubble of his home (it exploded when it took off) and they live happily ever after. Also, I attached one of the original illustrations from my 2nd book for everybody to look at.

Danny wakes up for his birthday gift

My dad really helped me at that point when I was about to publish my 1st book. There were lots of odds and ends during that time, and we finally approved the publishing proof and the book to be sold online on August 1st, 2011.

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