RTW: Images of Inspiration

YA Highway Roadtrip Wednesday: Today’s Question

What images inspire / represent your WIP or favorite book?

Oh, I just love this question! I often find myself scouring the Internet or DeviantART for inspiration and there are many images that speak to me, demanding a story.

My current WIP, As Dust or Breath, decided to set itself somewhere I’ve never actually been myself. Northwest New Mexico. So, I’ve been doing a fair amount of research, trawling through Google images, chatting to people who’ve been there, watching National Geographic specials on the region… and now that I’ve seen the pictures, it’s a place I’d really love to visit myself one day.

This is the most striking image I’ve found of Shiprock, close to where my fictional town is located:

I also tend to find people that best represent my characters. I’ll let the images speak for themselves. A picture really does speak a thousand words and I think these two works capture my characters perfectly.

Meet Kyle, my scarred protagonist from As Dust or Breath:

And meet Shira, my Navajo-Goth girl from As Dust or Breath:                                                                                                                                          

Do images inspire your writing?

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  • That first image is amazing! Wow, I love it!

    • Suzanne_Writer

      Isn’t it just? Simply stunning. 🙂

  • Alisonmiller20

    I want to hop in a plane and go see that first one. WOW.

    And yes, images completely inspire my writing. I’m fortunate to live near some of my settings, but I have done a fair amount of research for those places I can’t easily get to.

    Great post!

    • Suzanne_Writer

      Me too! Maybe one day…

      Thanks for stopping by…

  • Robin Moran

    Very beautiful scenery! And your characters sound very interesting. I like to have visual images of my characters too. 🙂

    • Suzanne_Writer

      Thank you. I haven’t always worked with visual images of my characters but I definitely like what it adds to the creative process.

  • Beautiful pictures! The landscape on the first one took my breath away…! and your characters sounds very intriguing!

    • Suzanne_Writer

      🙂 Thank you!

  • Xaniver

    Thanks! It’s technically dark contemporary YA with some science fiction elements to it. Going over to your blog shortly 🙂

  • Xaniver

    Hehe, Shira’s an odd one that’s for sure 😉

  • Juliana Haygert

    Wow, that place is just … WOW!
    And you chose a beautiful girl for your protag too 😉

    • Suzanne_Writer

      It really is. Hope i get to see it for real one day. And thank you 🙂

  • Amy

    Wow. Adding New Mexico to my dream travel list. Beautiful. The character images are also very interesting. I already want to know more about Kyle, just from that photo.

    • Suzanne_Writer

      Judging by photos, New Mexico is really stunning.
      Yay! He’s a complicated guy. I think the pic captures his expression perfectly.

  • Carissa Taylor

    Wow that first image and then Shira. Can I say that this story sounds / looks amazing!?

    • Suzanne_Writer

      Hehe thanks – let’s hope so 🙂

  • That first image reminded me of when my husband and I went to Bryce Canyon, and he was grumbling about the cloudy weather. I was like, “Are you kidding? That makes for the best, dramatic pictures!” Love all your pics, thanks for sharing!

    • Suzanne_Writer

      Clouds make for impressive sunsets.

      Thank you for stopping by 🙂

  • Awesome picture of Shiprock! I just recently read “The Professor’s House” by Willa Cather and it has some fantastic descriptions of that area that you may want to check out. 🙂

    • Suzanne_Writer

      Thank you for the suggestion! Will check it out! 🙂

  • Jessica

    Ah, isn’t the Shira pic Charlie Bowater? She’s amazing, as is the Ship Rock photo. Gorgeous.

    • Suzanne_Writer

      No idea, found the pic on DeviantArt.

      Thanks! 🙂

  • Tlbodine

    Shiprock! Ahh that makes me homesick.

    • Suzanne_Writer


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