Okay, this has to be a question most creative types are used to being asked, but it seems like it's a perennially popular one in the bargain. In fact, it's a question I, myself love to "listen in" on when it's being answered; so it will probably be around for a long time yet!
Q: How do you come up with your stories? Do they just pop into your head, or do you search for them?
A: For me, stories definitely pop into my head; sometimes they'll be sparked by another thought, sometimes not!
Sometimes they won't leave me alone... for months. When that happens I usually give in; even if I have another project I'm in the middle of.
I have lots of stories in various stages at any particular time, so I'm definitely a "messy writer" in that respect. ;-)
What about you?