Image of Inspiration: Lupita Nyong’o.

With my head so far up Soulless‘s butt I can’t really see much else, I’ve been struggling to think of blog posts. I need to get some new fuel going, so I got to thinking about all those beautiful images I’ve been saving for prompts that I’ve found around the Internet and thought, “Ah-ha. Now there’s an idea!” So every once in a while, I’ll share one and talk about the inspiration it strikes in me. Hopefully, you can feel inspired, too, and share your own musings. The first one is an image I found on A Stairway to Fashion, one of my favorite fashion blogs, of the incredibly stunning Lupita Nyon’o,from July 2014’s Vogue magazine.

I had to pick my jaw up off the floor when I saw this photograph, because I had to wonder how in the hell the photographer got into my rough draft of The Second Asyentai and composed up the perfect image of Katrin Ferrore (modern clothes notwithstanding). A beautiful and strong woman, short shorn hair (because hair is a liability in a battle!), looking regal and poised and staring at, of all things, the same bloody Serpent that she represents. In fact, my idea for a cover of Serpent in a Cage is much like this image, only in an art nouveau style, and with Auferrix instead of Katrin. This is definitely Katrin, though. Auferrix is too young and inexperienced; there’s knowledge and power here, which perfectly embodies Auferrix’s great-great-great-great-great-great-how-ever-many-greats-great-grandmother. Every time I look at it, I feel that surge of inspiration and admiration for the character, as she’s one of my favorites and truly a bad ass.

Once Soulless is out in the world (another great tale of strong, bad ass women), I might take a moment to revisit The Second Asyentai, or at least revisit Katrin’s chapters, keeping this inspiring image firmly in mind. She’s such a complexity and a rewarding challenge to write. And now I even have a pretty good idea of who would be the perfect cast for her, too. I wonder if the Serpent would also be available for casting?


  1. It’s lovely when something so tangible as a photo can inspire/represent so perfectly our writing isn’t it? Gorgeous photo and your books sound intriguing too. 🙂

  2. That’s an awesome photo – the look in Lupita’s eyes is just – there are no words.

    If that’s what your character is like, you’ve got an awesome, badass protag on your hands!! And yay to awesome badass women! 🙂

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