Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Road Trip Wednesday

Ah, Wednesday. One of my favorite days of the work-week; second only to Friday. You see, Wednesday means it's Road Trip time on the YA Highway!

This week's topic:
What photos inspire your books?

I so love this topic! Emerald was inspired by images like these:

All three of them I took on an island near where I live. I grew up on these beaches and they are where I set the Emerald Academy of Magic in my novel Emerald's Keeper. These pictures inspired me more than just with setting though. In the first two you can see the play of light against the dark sky. It looks as though the light really is battling to overcome the dark.

Naturally, my mind took that and formed a plot of impending doom.-- Mandy may be magical, but when vampires that consume people's light plunge the world into darkness she knows it will take more than spells to be victorious. If she doesn't change allegiance first.

My work in progress-- well it's inspiration is rather different.

Yeah, I totally went there.

But it's not a political story at all. No, it's about a sixteen year old demon slayer on a mission to save her nephew from the overlord. The working title is This Heavenly Hell, but that's all I'm willing to give away at this point. ;)


Kate Hart said...

Pretty! Can't go wrong with beach pics!

Kaitlin Ward said...

Love the ocean pictures!

Abby Stevens said...

Beautiful. They remind me of the Outerbanks of North Carolina. :)

Michelle Schusterman said...

AWESOME! One of my pics for my latest WIP is the Monticello. I can definitely see how the White House would inspire something!

Sarah Enni said...

Oh, the lighthouse and the eastern-shore coast pictures make me want to go on vacation right this minute. Love it.

And who could not be inspired by the White House? Although if I set a book there I'd end up watching all 11,653 seasons of the West Wing for "research" and never get anything done, ever again. (Props to you for obviously not falling into this trap!)

Kristin Miller said...

Lighthouse! They make me so happy.

And LOL @ "I went there." Awesome. I'm totally intrigued by a story that takes place at or around the White House.

Jess said...

I love lighthouses! This one looks super familiar, too. I wonder if I have seen it.

And DC will always hold a special place in my heart, so I can't wait to read your book inspired by the area!

Kirsten Hubbard said...

beautiful moody pictures!

...even the last one :)