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'The Girl On The Train' Spoilers: Paula Hawkins Reveals How Windows Inspired Her Story

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(Photo : Getty Images/Karwai Tang) Emily Blunt stars as the struggling alcoholic Rachel Watson in the movie adaptation of Paula Hawkins' novel "The Girl on the Train."

It's always interesting to find out where writers draw inspiration for their stories. Paula Hawkins, the author of the thriller "The Girl On the Train," revealed that she was inspired to create Rachel Watson's story merely by looking at windows.

"I had sat on trains and stared at people's windows," Hawkins told The Australian. "Nothing interesting ever ­happened, but I had that Rear Window-ish idea, a good place for a novel to start."

Rachel, to be played by Emily Blunt in the upcoming movie, is a divorced and unemployed alcoholic who goes on a daily commute into London so her flatmate will think she still has a job.

As she is so unhappy with her own life, Rachel loves taking glimpses into the lives of other people and making up fantasies about them. However, things all change when Rachel finds herself becoming a witness to a crime.

Hawkins admitted that she initially had different plans for Rachel's story.

"But when I put those things together - the voyeur on the train and this character - it clicked for me," she said.

Meanwhile, Hawkins told The Herald Sun that she has another thriller coming out in September concerning two sisters in northern England.

"It's about how your memories of childhood shape you and make you the person you are," Hawkins said. "What interests me is that often the way we remember things that happened to us in childhood can be incredibly different to how our siblings remember it, or people who were there at the same time."

In the novel, Hawkins explores the consequences faced by people when they find out that their childhood interpretations are all wrong and they realize that the decisions they made in life have been based on lies.

"The Girl On the Train," which is directed by Tate Taylor, will be released on Oct. 7.

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Jun 01, 2016 01:52 AM EDT

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