The Power of Pictures for the Writerly Imagination by Stephanie Queen

Please welcome Stephanie Queen today. I love her book the Throwbacks and guess what? She’s offered to give away a free ebook copy to one person who leaves a comment.

Recently I was inspired by some pictures in Home & Garden Magazine, and I thought, “Hmmm, do I need to makeover my writer space?”   I just love those before and after pictures. They suck me in every time.


Here’s a picture of what my writing space looks like now, approximately:


Here’s what I’m aiming for my new writer space to look like, approximately:

I can definitely picture myself sitting at that desk—when I’m not lying on one of the pink velvet divans scattered about the room.

And the Chandelier!  It can double as an interrogation lamp on steroids if I have any trouble with research subjects, er I mean, those people helping me with research. Especially when I’m writing a thriller.

Although I’ve never written a thriller, I fully reserve the right to do so.

So, let’s say I’m writing a thriller, or at least an action adventure. Okay, maybe it’s a romantic comedy mystery with some action adventure called The Hot Shots. And lets say it’s going to be released this summer.  Then let’s say it’s going to be made into a movie shortly after that—a movie better than One for the Money and starring someone better than what’s his name in the hero’s role.  Here’s who I picture to play the hero in the movie version of The Hot Shots, approximately:

He looks like he’s just escaped from my office before it was re-decorated.

But seriously, don’t you think pictures are wildly inspirational? (Not that I’m remotely wild, but I am a writer.)

Stephanie Queen’s books include Between a Rock and a Mad Woman, a romantic political intrigue, The Throwbacks, a romantic comedy mystery and Playing the Game, a contemporary romance about sports and love in the big leagues.

Stephanie Queen lives in bucolic New Hampshire where her two sons visit when they’re not away at college learning how to run the world. Writing happy, snappy romances takes most of her time, however she does force herself to go to the gym on occasion so that she can continue to fit through the door. You can also find her watching UConn football and basketball games whenever they’re on TV, and sometimes even in person. Right now, she’s busy writing her next book, The Hot Shots, of course.   You are invited to visit her website to learn more at Connect with Stephanie Queen on line at Twitter or Facebook.

About Linda Andrews

Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: "What else would she write? She’s never been normal." All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion. So just how did a scientist start to write paranormal romances? What other option is there when you’re married to romantic man and live in a haunted house? If you’ve enjoyed her stories or want to share your own paranormal experience feel free to email the author at She’d love to hear from you.
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4 Responses to The Power of Pictures for the Writerly Imagination by Stephanie Queen

  1. obxster77 says:

    Do you realy think you would be more inclined to get more done in your ideal writing space? Looks to me you would have more incentive to get your writing done in your current space. Pain is much more powerful incentive than luxery. You could always threaten your researchers with the flames, maybe throw one or two in and then the threat to the others would be realistic.

  2. Linda says:

    Hi Stephanie! Thanks for being here today. Some authors make a collage for their books. Are you one of them or do you store inspiring photos on computer?

  3. How fun. I have pictures of each of my hero’s and heroine’s. They do give me inspiration. I have one hero that has an eye patch. Naturally the picture I chose the model has two good eyes. So I gave him and eye patch with a black sharpie. LOL But it works now he looks like my guy. Sexy and an eye patch.

    Thanks for the post.


  4. A very yummy hero, indeed. Nice shot.

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