Hey guys! Today we have author Carrie Dalby guesting on the site. Yay! Carrie is a good friend of mine and amazing writer. I’ll be talking more about her book Fortitude later this week. For now, say hi to Carrie!

Thanks for having me and hello, Legendary Readers. I’m happy to share a bit about my search for visual writing inspiration with you all today.

Seeking Inspiration

For a person who deals with words, I’m extremely visually oriented. From finding photographs of settings to collecting character images, I’m always on the lookout for pictures that represent my stories. My two published novels (so far) have somewhat abstract titles but they embody the theme of each book. In daily life I look for examples of Fortitude and Corroded (young adult books available from the Surge imprint of Anaiah Press.) When found, I feel an instant connection to these stories through the visuals representing them.

Nature is a great place to find fortitude. Check out this tree in my backyard that didn’t let a fence stand in its way.

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What could have halted progression became woven into its life, making the core stronger—it’s survived several hurricanes. Not only is the tree still growing, its providing a craggy surface for other living things.

 

 

I find the patina of corroded metal beautiful. The trials and weather of life turns bland metal into a gorgeous display of colors and textures, like this retro playground slide.

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Sometimes it takes looking closer to the world around you to find your inspiration. It can be as large as a rusted roof or as small as a nail.

 

 

 

 

 

Where will you find inspiration today?

 

Thanks Carrie for guesting today! If you guys want to learn more about this awesome author, just click here!

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While experiencing the typical adventures of growing up, Carrie Dalby called several places in both San Diego and Santa Cruz counties home and has lived on the Alabama Gulf Coast since 1996. Her two young adult novels, Fortitude and Corroded, released in 2015 and 2016 by the Surge imprint of Anaiah Press.
Currently she is writing a Gothic family saga for adults.
When Carrie isn’t reading, writing, browsing bookstores/libraries, or homeschooling, she can often be found knitting, volunteering, or attending concerts.

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