A view of "Cemetery Hill" -- a place that figures in the WIP. I should go back there on a gloomy day.
You know how it is.
While swooping through someone's web site intent on some small morsel of information -- like a lake gull after a lost french fry in the park -- some unrelated tidbit registers on your mind 's eye and you think ( to steal a phrase from the SB's) whoa and damn.
One such site included photos related to/drawn from landscapes on which that writer's current novel is based.
The implied reality of the fantasy intrigued me -- though I'm a long way from the necessity of a web site -- so I thought I'd throw it out in case anyone might want to consider doing the same.
I suppose providing photos in this manner is really just an extension of the aid to visualization/story-boarding method some writers use in the process of plotting their novels, but it would provide variety to the obligatory photos of the authors, their dogs, cats, kids, anacondas, occasional husbands/wives, and shots of the local scenery.
All of which are very nice, let me hasten to add.
According to what I've read, many readers absolutely despise visual overload, flashy backgrounds and complicated graphics on a site. They prefer a clean and simple format, clearly presented information and links that work.
They want to know about the writer and the product, and are not at all impressed when something takes forever to load, since a lot of them don't have the latest, super-duper, pow-and-wow, high-speed machines.
Just something to consider.