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).
I gotta say right off the bat that I am a huge fan of your books. A couple months ago I got my friend into them too. But recently she and I have been getting into arguments because she doesn’t like Ali. She doesn’t think she has enough of a personality or thinks that some of her actions aren’t good. Like she thinks that Ali has no loyalty because she leaves her friends after Josh comes back. When she says this I take it as a personal attack because I relate to Ali so much. What should I do?
First of all, thank you for reading. I am honored that people are passionate about my books. Unfortunately, we can’t *make* people like what we like. I am a little baffled on the not having enough personality. Ali is strong and sassy in my mind’s eye (you see this more in The Nexus). She is not perfect, but who is? The flaws are what make characters interesting.
As far as loyalty goes, I see her as fiercely loyal. All of the decisions she makes in The Unintended are pretty much based on loyalty. She avoids her friends to protect them, not leave them behind. She would much rather have a house full of people when she feels threatened, but the thought of one of her friends getting hurt is more than she can handle. So she faces a creepy, empty house on her own.
Another point: She never abandoned her friends the entire time she was dating Robert, and she wouldn’t have done it if the situation with Joshua was a little more normal. The only reason she hadn’t been hanging out with them more was because she was in huge trouble with her parents for letting her grades slip after breaking up with Robert.