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Today we have with us author Devri Walls to talk about what inspired her in creating the beautiful and vivid world of her Solus series!
This is the third attempt at this blog post. The topic sounded easy enough. Tell us about the inspiration for the world you have created. The answer is simple- but not exactly blog post length. Where did it come from? My limited travels mixed with my unlimited imagination. There you go. BUT… since you are all here surely you want more, right?
I haven’t been very many places. The list is short; Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Upstate New York and California. I grew up in Idaho and besides the occasional visit down to Utah that was all I ever knew. I loved heading up to McCall, Idaho area and staring out my windows at the mountains packed solid with pine trees, the river alternating from slow moving to pounding frenzied rapids. I loved the lakes surrounded by pines. The smell is wonderful and the morning bite in the air is unlike anywhere else. In book one, Meros is all pines and mountains with a sea the size of a large lake. The very first words of Wings of Arian were written while staring out large picture windows, the smell of pines thick in the air as the sun glistened off the lake. It was natural that this scenery be used. Of course- it is fantasy, so everything is heightened with a little bit of rule breaking magic. (I am suuuuch a rebel).
In book two we branch out to the traveling I did a little later in life. After college I moved to upstate New York for a year and a half and was exposed to. . . Green!! I had never seen anything like it. Green, leafy, towering, trees everywhere! Everything was three shades more brilliant than anything I had seen at home. I would have my face pressed to the window everywhere we went. (Granted, when I stepped off the airplane and experienced humidity for
the first time and was sure I was drowning on dry land). Then autumn came. Wow. I had no idea anything could be so beautiful. Again, the colors were so bright and brilliant. I still think about it, and every autumn here in Idaho I miss New York something fierce. These wonderful memories had to be added into book two, Wings of Tavea.
When I was almost twenty two I finally saw the ocean, a palm tree and whales for the first time on a trip California. I went to visit my fiancée who I am sure got a lot of amusement out of that trip. My neck had a permanent crink in it from trying to watch the palm trees go by. In fact, he left me in the car once while he ran inside to get his paycheck. I tried to stay in the car- I did. But this palm tree right in front of me was calling to me. I had to touch it. When I finally gave in and jumped out of the car to touch the crazy bark I hear his very amused voice behind me, “What are you doing?” I had really hoped to get back in the car before he caught me petting the tree- no such luck. He waited patiently as I stood staring at the waves of the ocean rolling in until the sun set. And he took me to Sea World for the first time. We must have spent two hours in the beluga exhibit looking at the most amazing creatures I have ever seen. I could have sat on that bench all day. Unfortunately, I have not added whales into the books. But the ocean and palm trees? You bet they make an appearance!
I find beauty in the world around me and I love to translate that into my writing. And because I love all things fantasy and magic I take ample liberty to spice it up a bit in the hopes that you think what I think; “Now that, I would love to see!”
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