Well Ladies and Gentleman here it is! The beginning of the "Sisterhood of the travelling blog!" Please comment below and give a very warm welcome to my guest of the day--my friend and fellow author, Sherrie Henry as she talks about where her visions of creativity flare from.
Please remember that those lovely readers/supporters who comment on our blogs will each be put into a draw to win an e-book by one of the travelling blog authors. The more you comment, the more times your name will be entered. Easy right? There will be a list of available e-books to choose from provided to the winner at the end of the tour. Happy reading and have a safe and ghoulish Halloween. L.S. Broomfield
Topic: How do you come up with your locations in stories?
Sisterhood of the Travelling Blog - Blog 1 - Copyright @ Sherrie Henry
I have travelled all over the
US, with the exception of the
Northwest. I’m an avid photographer, so I take the vivid images of this country
home with me. When I’m ready for a new story, I thumb through my photos to get
inspiration. If that doesn't quite work, I have a huge coffee-table sized book
of American landscapes. A lot of them have spoken to me, thus I envision my
characters there (my latest work, ‘A Wolf’s Bane’ is in southern Georgia;
a plantation picture complete with Spanish Moss on trees kicked that one off.)
If I want more of an international flair, I end up reading a lot about that country/region and again, since I’m very visual, I try to find pictures to set the scene. Sometimes they are places where I want to go, others are because they are obvious. Come on, a vampire in
Romania? Clichè I know, but it
As for the actual buildings, houses, various settings within the geographical region, I again look at pictures. Google images has got to be one of the best inventions ever! I try not to get bogged down on too much detail, just enough to give a feel to the reader who then can fill in the blanks with their own imagination.
Then again, there are those stories that don’t speak to one geographical boundary but to the ever-present human condition. My short story ‘Twenty-Four Hours’ is like that. While in my mind, I based in on the suburbs of
(write what you know!), it could be the suburbs of almost any large town or
city. It was what was happening to the main character, Michaela, that was more
If there are any struggling writers out there, who are faced with a blank page, I can’t think of anything better than to sit down with a photobook of landscapes and let the pictures talk to you.
Copyright @ Sherrie Henry
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