Here's advice someone gave me about writing
stories: "Write about what you know." In The Hat
I wrote about two things I knew about, knitting and hedgehogs. Then I added
something I wanted to know about, the country of Denmark.
The idea for The Hat came to me after a curious incident with
our pet hedgehog, Pudge. We let Pudge romp around loose at
night. One morning, Joe and I realized she was missing. We looked and looked
for her. Hedgehogs like small dark places so we searched everywhere, but to no
avail. Joe spotted a slipper sock on the floor. It was puffier than
usual. It moved. Pudge had gotten in but she couldn't get out. Her
prickles were stuck in the woolen stitches. We rescued her carefully with a pair of
scissors. It was a close call but it gave me an idea....