Story Inspiration

August 7, 2017 | Comment on This

Once upon a time a southern girl met her real-life hero in the Pacific Northwest. 23 years later they found themselves between two beautiful states, Kentucky and Washington. Inspiration comes from both and I’m so thankful. When I’m in one place, I look forward to traveling to the other. Since I spent part of my childhood growing up in a national park, creation never ceases to be an ongoing wonder and delight for me. Here are a few recent pictures from our summer out west…

You can see I am outnumbered by the men in the family. My husband, Randy, and our two sons, Wyatt and Paul. You might have trouble figuring out who is who as they look so much alike. I’m the blonde!

If you’ve read my books, you know how much the setting of a story means to me. I try to create rich, evocative images that plant you right in the heart of the novel so you feel you are there, too. Setting then becomes a character of its own, a real, living, breathing entity. I’m so thankful the Lord gave us so many colors and textures and natural wonders to savor and enjoy.

Now I’m packing to return south to our little log cabin that sits in the heart of Kentucky along the trace Daniel Boone blazed back in 1775. But I’ll take some of the Pacific Northwest with me when I go – crisp, clean air, tall timber, ridiculously deep lakes, epic mountains, and lots of inspiration.

Happy reading!

11 responses to “Story Inspiration”

  1. Carla Gade says:

    What a blessing to have the richness of two beautiful countrysides enjoy, and of course your precious family!

  2. Hannah Phillips says:

    It’s wonderful that you’re able to split your time between two of the most beautiful settings ever. You have such a gift for making your pages come alive to readers. I love it!

  3. Angi G. says:

    Oh, LOVE your photos of the Pacific Northwest! I hope to someday be able to visit that part of the country as I think it is SO beautiful. Had to chuckle on “figuring out who was who and that you’re the blonde”. You definitely have a handsome crew and they have a lovely lady to hang out with. So excited about your next release! It can’t get here fast enough. Sending a BIG hug! 🙂

  4. I do enjoy your beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing them. Safe travels ❤️

    • laurafrantz says:

      Thanks, Trisha. Your words mean so much. School resumes tomorrow (Paul’s senior year) so things should settle down. I know your household is just as busy north of here. I hope you have a beautiful fall! See you on social media!

  5. Viola Sinetanah. Simon says:

    Wonderful story.
    I enjoy your beautiful photos. Countryside’s beautiful.

    Safe travels.

    • laurafrantz says:

      Bless you, Viola, for stopping here and being so gracious. It’s a joy to share God’s creation in photos. I’m so thankful for the beauty everywhere we are and go!

  6. Karen Lange says:

    Love the photos, Laura. So glad you enjoyed your time there! I can see why it would be hard to leave. Looking forward to thinking I might just run into you in KY again, neighbor. 🙂

    Btw, enjoyed Moonbow Night tremendously. It was a delight to read! Meant to, but not sure if I reviewed it yet – the summer’s been busier than expected. I must look into that. Safe travels! Hugs and blessings to you!

    • laurafrantz says:

      Karen, Your enjoyment of Moonbow means so much, especially since you’re a fellow writer. I hope we bump into each other too in future! But even knowing you’re my neighbor means a lot! Time flies and I look at my toppling TBR stack and marvel that anyone reads much given all else going on, especially in summer. Can’t believe school starts tomorrow here in Madison Co. I hope things settle down for the both of us. Bless you for taking time here and commenting on those PNW pics. The longer I’m here in Ky, the more I appreciate the epic West. Hope your week is peaceful and productive!

  7. Mary Kay Moody says:

    Ah, thanks for sharing a slice of life, Laura. The beautiful scenery refreshes, and your family pix make it all come alive.

    • laurafrantz says:

      It’s a pleasure to share these with you, Mary Kay. You’re so right about this PNW scenery being refreshing. Glad you like our family sprinkled in, too! I pray your summer is going well. I often covet your Cali heat but know the grass is often greener no matter where we are!

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