In the interview Smith states, "I always say that if you're writing a scary book then write about something you're scared of. That way the fear will be genuine, and will help fuel the story. Readers will sense that there is something real there, and they will respond to it."
These two things combined have stirred my creative kettle. What frightens me the most? Lots. But what would be even better, is if I could recall what frightened me the most as a child. Now, there's a good story. Trust me.
Have you read Alexander Gordon Smith? How about Jeanne Birdsall?
~Have a writerly week, y'all!