Thanks for your questions. Here are my answers, in order:
I tend to choose WHO I know as much as I might choose to write “what I know.” For inspiration, I look to the moments in my life when I was overwhelmed by emotion. And then I think what was behind those moments–is it something universal, that others might feel? If the answer is yes, I look to create a story from that moment.
2. Writing process:
I wake up early and I write. I don’t watch or read the news. I don’t like the outside world in yet. Only coffee. A lot of coffee. And then, I write.
Writing always begins with a story. This is a talk I gave to my colleagues at The Detroit Free Press. I hope you find useful tidbits here: http://www.mitchalbom.com/on-writing/
Are you a writer? What advice would you give to others?