By: Liz Talley
Congratulations to "Melanie", the winner of Liz's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!
Okay, on to my topic today – photographs.
If you’re like me, you have a nice little camera tucked away in a cabinet or closet somewhere in your house. At one time you used it, hiking down to CVS or Walgreens to print out pictures and arrange them carefully in a memory album. But about three or four years ago, that all changed, right? Because you have a smart phone and a handy-dandy built in camera that allows you share your favorite memories with everyone on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram. Are you with me on this? Or am I the only one who now organizes her albums in Facebook?
Well, the happy upside of surrendering to the digital world is my computer wallpaper.
My computer wallpaper is set to scroll through the pictures gathered in my icloud (or whatever it’s called). I didn’t set it to do this – my husband did. But I appreciate it because during those times I take a long enough break from my writing, I come back to the desk to pictures of our 2011 trip to Vegas to see The Eagles or my kids playing on the beach five years ago. Sometimes it’s my nieces baking Christmas cookies with me, the Easter we played wiffle ball, the dog sleeping in the sunlight or the headshots I took when I finaled in the 2009 Golden Hearts. Each one (whether a bad shot or a good shot) is a piece of my life.
You know, I like having my story spread out in front of me every day. Sometimes I don’t notice the pictures, but sometimes, like when I’m trying to avoid writing, I sit and watch my life play out, smiling at some pictures, rolling my eyes at others, but all the time very aware that my life is good, blessed and belonging to me.
So when I click off my real life, I enter the world of my characters’ lives.
Which makes me wonder….what would their wallpaper of photos look like?
Interesting to consider, right?
We could take any character and give him or her a scrolling wallpaper screen. Say Scarlett O’Hara. What might her life in pictures look like? Probably lots of selfies, am I right? LOL. Maybe pictures of her with the Tarleton twins at a picnic? Or a candid shot of Mammy laughing as a boy from the kitchen dances an impromptu jig? Maybe Scarlett’s mother paused at the wagon on her way to deliver medicine to the people down the lane? Or a snapshot of Tara at sunset? Oh, and let’s not forget the men in her life. How about Rhett paused at the balcony talking to Melanie? Ashley in his uniform? Poor Frank Kennedy buttoned up in his overcoat and standing in front of his mill. My mind explodes with the possibilities of my favorite Southern drama queen’s scrolling wallpaper.
The story of our favorite characters’ lives played out in make believe pictures provides an extraordinary way in which to know characters better. Embedded in our photos are emotions, reactions and dreams captured in a moment of time, and so the same is true for our characters. Imagine how much more I know the characters I create by imagining their photographs flashing onto their computer screen. A whole new way to explore characterization right in front of me.
So with that in mind, have you every imagined a photo montage of a character’s life? Go ahead. Choose a favorite character from your favorite series. Can you find a few snapshots of him in his former life? Leave a comment and a description of the picture you imagine in the comments, and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win any of my backlist books plus a $10.00 gift card to Barnes and Noble or Amazon.com.
About the Author:
After finaling in RWA’s prestigious Golden Heart in Regency romance, Liz Talley found a home writing sassy stories for Harlequin Superromance. Her first book starring a spinster librarian – Vegas Two Step – came out in June 2010, and since that time, she’s publish eleven more books with Harlequin. Her stories are often set in Texas and Louisiana, and her upcoming books are all set in New Orleans. Liz lives in the northern part of Louisiana with her husband, two handsome boys, two dogs and a cat. Liz loves doing laundry, paying bills and creating masterful dinners for her family. She also lies in her bio to make herself look like the perfect wife. What she really likes is pretty shoes, lemondrop martinis and fishing off the pier at the lake. You can visit Liz at www.liztalleybooks.com to learn more about the lies she tells herself…and her upcoming book – His Brown-Eyed Girl.
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