One of the inspirations for my book

I have three primary inspirations for my books, but I wanted to share one of them with you today.

My grandma is one of my inspirations. Well, more specifically, her art is the inspiration. Grandma had an amazing talent for painting. Some of her landscapes were so real, and so beautiful, that they made you want to leap into them. Which got me to thinking: what if it was possible to jump into paintings/drawings? What kind of a life would that make for the person who did the jumping? Thus, Kenzie’s story began.

I went ahead and made Kenzie an artist, since I thought it would be more fun to be the one creating the pictures and jumping into them, rather than just doing to the jumping. Because Kenzie has the ability to draw and paint, the worlds she jumps into are completely her own, from start to finish. What she learns and experiences in these other worlds comes back with her.

And how totally cool would that be? Want to run a marathon? Paint a picture of a marathon runner, jump into it, come back with the ability. Need a vacation? Paint someplace pretty, and have a ball. No money, no waiting at the airport, no crammed cars, just beautiful relaxation. (Since moving to Colorado, I have desperately and fervently wished that I had the talent to paint. I don’t. I really, really don’t.)

Of course, Kenzie’s life gets put on fast-forward when she finds out that she has this ability, so she doesn’t have too much time to worry about painting vacation destinations. While she’s trying to solve a mystery from more than a century ago, she’s also finding herself more and more interested in just staying inside one of her drawings.

What would you do? If you had the ability to jump into paintings/drawings, what would you paint? Where would you want to go? What would you want to learn to do?

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