Forget finding recipes, advertising my books, and procrastinating from writing (gulp), I really use Pinterest as a research tool. I am a very visual person and I can never seem to remember what I bookmarked where. It’s kinda funny since I can plot an entire novel in my head and keep track of all the threads without really writing anything down. Maybe my brain is too full of plots and dialog to smoosh in anything else, but I digress.
1. I can use a secret board to research a novel; and after I publish the book, make it public.
This is an instant extra for my fans. They can look at the actual content I used to create my book and pictures that helped inspire me. Examples: The Watcher Series and Allure.
2. Beautiful pictures inspire me. Simple, but true.
3. I can create an ongoing list of reference tools that can be used over and over again.
I have these boards so far, but I am adding new pins on an almost daily basis.
Writing Reference: Characters
Information for character looks, descriptions, word lists, fashion, and more. (Pretty much everything having to do with the external appearance of characters, including facial expression).
Writing Reference: Weapons & Weaponry
This not only has references to knives, guns, and axes; but how to stand when throwing a knife or shooting a gun. I want my characters to be as realistic as possible, so I look up information like blood splatter patterns.
Writing Reference: This and That
A growing list of random resources like the “Psychology of Color”, “How to Write a Magic Spell,” and “Offbeat Nature Names.” So, basically, it is my miscellaneous board until I have enough pins to copy a group of pins to a new board.
Eras: Victorian Age 1837-1901
I have started keeping boards on different historical era’s for the future. My two most deveoped boards are for the Victorian Era and the 1920s (see Allure above).
Are you a Bowen fan or a Joshua fan? Theoretically if you didn’t know how this series was going to end, who would you want Ali to end up with?
Ummmm…both (shrugging shoulders). I adore both of them in completely different ways. There isn’t really a love triangle per-say, but I understand people taking sides.
Bowen is that bad-boy with an air of mystery. Despite being the “bad guy” he does have a sense of honor. He genuinely cares for Aleria.
Joshua represents safety and home. I was chatting with Trudreamr, who runs my fan site, and she said this: “I am more drawn to Bowen. I like Bowen more, but if I was choosing someone for Ali, I choose Josh for her.” This too, is a valid thought. I must note at this point her friend Sarah chimed in and said she was team Peter and fist pumped in the air.
So, in response I am going to say that I am a Gabriel fan. I know, I’m evil. I seriously couldn’t choose. I do know how the series is going to end…and I can’t promise she will end up with anyone. How is that for a non-answer?
I really like your Watchers series, but I’ve been curious: do you have plans in the works to release a separate project?
Yes, I do have some brainstorming done for three different projects. I’m not sure which one I will do first. I have a Hollywood producer wanting me to write a few novellas that can be turned into scripts. One of those projects is a reboot of a fairy tale.
I am also planning on writing a few more extras and putting all of the shorts together into one book.