Back in high school (or eighth grade here in the US), my English teacher brought a heavy shoe box filled with pictures. She had us pass around the box and each student had to pick out a picture and for the next ten or fifteen minutes, write something about the photograph they chose. I don’t remember what photo I ended up with but what I do remember was how much fun it was to create stories based on a picture.
Since then, I’ve always used visual cues to write my stories, although sometimes it could be a song. My latest novel, Everything She Ever Wanted, was inspired by the song, A Different Kind of Love, by Brendan James. As for photographs, since I had no idea then what the hero, Dax Drexel, looked like, I relied on the main narrator, Harlow James, by basing her on these two pictures.
Along with memories of my stay at the Phoenix Earthship in Taos, New Mexico years ago, and my love for anything handmade, Everything She Ever Wanted was born. And for the final teaser trailer that I posted today on my social media, I finally got to use these two Harlow pictures and I couldn’t be happier. And of course, my Dax finally arrived in the form of my first cover model choice last year, Franggy Yanez.
Everything She Ever Wanted is scheduled for release on October 18, 2016, and you can preorder your copy here.