My New Favorite Quote On Inspiration

I totally love Victoria Elizabeth Barnes. She is all kinds of awesomesauce, and if you don’t follow her blog yet, you should. (Victoria’s blog is the main reason I now have a ginormous three-way mirror that weighs approximately 900 pounds in my office. But that’s a post for another day.) Not only is she awesome, she’s also provided me with my new favorite quote on inspiration!

But that doesn’t matter, because it’s inspiration.
That means you can look at photos of anything you want. – Victoria Elizabeth Barnes

That’s what she said to her husband when he found her looking at pictures of a restored Georgian pub while searching for kitchen remodel inspiration. I wish I’d had this quote handy sooner, because I could totally have said it to my own husband when he questioned why I was looking at photos of things that, at first glance, have nothing to do with Romances that Rock™. Like this:

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New Orleans at night, taken from the International Space Station
Photo by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center via Flickr

Thing is, the majority of my next book is set in New Orleans (with stints in Biloxi and London), and when I ran across this picture it made me “feel” NOLA. And it’s kind of romantic, too, don’t you think?

I’ve written about how certain song inspire my writing, but photos are almost as important. And some of the photos that inspire me might not make a lot of sense, but like Victoria said, “…it’s inspiration. And that means you can look at photos of anything you want.”

Here are a few more photos that have helped inspire my next novel, Royal Orleans, hopefully coming your way very soon. 🙂

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The Ragin’ Cajun roller coaster at Ponchartrain Beach Amusement Park (which was closed in 1993, darn it.)
Photo via themeparkreview.com

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Tullis-Toledano Manor, once in Biloxi, Mississippi. Destroyed during Hurricane Katrina when the Grand Casino Barge was washed ashore and crushed this lovely old house.

Juli Page Morgan, author of romances that rock - stories about rock gods and the women who love them

It wouldn’t be NOLA without a little voodoo, right?
Photo by Ilya Grigorik via Flickr Commons

Juli Page Morgan, author of romances that rock - stories about rock gods and the women who love them

A house in New Orleans’ Garden District

Juli Page Morgan, author of romances that rock - stories about rock gods and the women who love them

The shrimp po’ boy I had at Shaggy’s on Biloxi Beach back in July. (Because if you’re gonna set a book on the Gulf Coast, the food is of paramount importance!)

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Full moon over Biloxi Beach
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