I love reading about my favorite authors and what inspired them to write my favorite books. One that really comes to mind is Margaret Mitchell and the strange twists of fate that made her create Gone with the Wind.
Margaret Mitchell grew up on stories of the Civil War. Sitting on the porch, her grandmother told her about the war, the fall of the south, and the dark days of reconstruction. She carried these stories with her as she married, became a reporter for The Atlanta Journal, divorced, and married again.
Gone with the Wind was finally published in 1936, ten years after she first began writing it. The main character's name was changed from Pansy O'Hara to Scarlett and history was made.