Art as Inspiration

For writers, the inspiration to tell a story is always there. It’s like an undying flame that never ceases. However, the flame can be very large, like a roaring bonfire, or very small and fragile, like a withering match. Sometimes, I look to other media for inspiration. For instance, when I was writing my detective novel, Bad Dames Die Dirty,  I listened to Jazz and rain.

I’ve been interested in taking a stab at another Western lately. I have one story in publication and another that hasn’t been sent out into the world yet. I’ve always loved Louis L’Amour, Ralph Compton, Clint Hawkins, etc. And I’ve had an idea floating around in my head for a while.

I’ve been really intrigued by French artist Mike Maggiori, who does some AMAZING work with Western scenes. His clouds are awesome, his likeness of the American cowboy is spot on, and the colors are so vibrant. Take a look:


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