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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

B is for Bicycle

What am I doing for the A to Z Blogging Challenge? My theme this year is The Writer’s Inspiration! Each post will be a sentence or two on how a writer got the idea for one of his or her books. Your job is to guess both the book and the author in the comments. The post title is rarely a clue.

What’s in it for you? Snail mail! I have a fun, goodie-filled package for the winner. If there’s a tie, I’ll write the names on paper, put in a bowl, and have my husband pick one. You have one day to give your answer in the comments; I’ll reveal each day’s book and author on the following day. For each correct answer you’ll receive a point. Whoever receives the most points is the winner. I hope you know your books and authors! Have fun!!!

Yesterday’s Answer: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Writer’s Inspiration: This author always wanted to write something like The Jungle Book, and he got an idea when watching his young son seeming incredibly at home while riding his bicycle in a cemetery.

What is the book and who is the author?

30 comments:

Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

Okay, I admit I had to go looking for books like Jungle Book to even have a clue, is that cheating? I think it could be Neil Gaiman and The Graveyard Book. I'd never actually heard of this book, so you made me find something interesting even if it's wrong, thank you :).
Tasha
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Clarissa Draper said...

I'm totally with Natasha on this one. I think it's The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Took me a bit to find it. Nice one.

SA Larsenッ said...

Ooh, if Natasha and Clarissa are right, I'm in luck. The Graveyard Book is literally on my nightstand. Next book on my TBR list!

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Brandon Ax said...

I'm lost on this one. Although I loved the Jungle Book, lol.

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Teresa Powell Coltrin said...

I LOVE the Graveyard Book, if that's the author. I didn't guess, I read the other comments.

Bish Denham said...

I'm going with everyone else here, Neil Gaiman and The Graveyard Book. I read it, but I'm one of those people who didn't care for it all that much.

Which just goes to show as writers we simply can't please everyone all of the time. :)

Rachna Chhabria said...

Completely lost here Laura.

Tara Tyler R said...

what a cool contest! i love neil gaiman!
it also reminded me of "A Night of Blacker Darkness" by Dan Wells. keep em coming!

happy b day!

David P. King said...

And now I'm reminded to fix my bike. And I'd have to say The Graveyard Book. Loved that one! :)

Jo said...

I thought of the Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. Dunno about the bicycle though.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

LOL. Don't know this one either.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I had no clue, but it appears most people guessed it.

Melanie Schulz said...

What a great idea for the challenge! And I have no idea. :)

Kevyn Knox said...

Oh man, I was going to say The Graveyard Book, but pretty much everyone else beat me to it. I do love me some Neil Gaiman. But alas, I am a bit too late in my answer.

Anyhoo, have fun A to Z-ing.

See ya 'round the web: All Things Kevyn.

Crystal Collier said...

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Wait, those are books, right?

Kidding. Judy Blume is the only one I even know, so I'll say that one. Even though I'm sure I'm wrong.

Marian Allen said...

My first guess was the same as the others': Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book. LOVED IT!

Rosie Amber said...

No idea, but a great idea for the A to Z

Dragon Tails and Scales said...

Can't even imagine but what a creepy inspiration.

Enjoy the A to Z Challenge
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Cathy Olliffe-Webster said...

It's toooo harrrrrrrd! *whines*

Pat Hatt said...

George of the jungle, Tarzan, hmmmm Willy Wonka? lol Hmmmm I suck

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

What a fun theme! :)

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sydneyaaliyah.com said...

I wish I knew books like this enough to make an educated guess. Cool theme and good luck with the rest of A to Z.

Sharon Himsl said...

Hmm...at the cemetery. Inspiration comes at the strangest moments, huh. No idea at all.
Shells–Tales–Sails

Dawn Malone said...

The only story I can think of with a graveyard and a bicycle is The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. It's probably something more obvious, though.

Ananya Tales said...

What can be inspiring, no one can really tell.

Kim Graff said...

Everyone is saying Neil Gaiman, but I think it's Stephen King.

Sophie Duncan said...

Since I'm a day late, I'm not going to guess, but I wouldn't have had a clue without Google anyway :) A bicycle in a graveyard is an odd inspiration, but if it is Neil Gaiman, then - not so much for him perhaps :)
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Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Laura .. I thought I know this one Rudyard Kipling .. but then you threw in the bicycle .. and thank you for your other commenters .. I'd have never have known til you enlightened me today! Cheers Hilary

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Immediately guessed The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Probably wouldn't have if I'm not so obsessed as to why I still haven't purchased my copy.

Laura Marcella said...

Hello to the regular followers of Wavy Lines, welcome to the new visitors, and thanks for following Wavy Lines to the new followers!

You're all doing very well! Let me clear up a few discrepancies you may have: It doesn't matter how many people have guessed before you! As long as you guess before the next day's letter is posted (6:00 am EST/USA time), you'll get a point for guessing the correct book AND writer of the clue.

These are all real inspirations the writers had, so some of them aren't going to be as obvious as others. I didn't decide how these writers got their inspirations! Searching the internet and asking a friend is totally okay. Good luck and I hope you're having fun!!

Happy A to Z-ing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines