Jul 222013

greatideaThe past few weeks I have had lots of fun with creating a world for my new series. Of course the series is set in York, England, which already exists, but Emily (my main character) lives in a fictional neighbourhood.

I used to live in York myself, and therefore had quite a good idea what Emily’s neighbourhood should look and feel like.

In one way it is picturesque and cosy.

  • Close to the city centre
  • Narrow streets with Victorian terraced houses
  • Old wooden shop fronts
  • A green with a cricket field

In another way it is busy and lively.

  • Traffic lights
  • Busses
  • People on bikes
  • Shoppers

These two ideas I joined together in a board on Pinterest, so that readers can also get an idea where Emily lives. So, please feel free to take a look at Emily’s World and let me know what you think!

Jul 102013

cameraI have been working hard all weekend on the Homework my illustrator gave me to come up with a look and bio for my main character, Emily. Of course, I already had a vague idea what she looks like, but putting it all down on paper is not easy.

As luck would have it, I came across a blog post about how to use Pinterest as an aid for writing and marketing your book, in particular with regards to visualising a look of a character or place.
Until now, I had steered clear of Pinterest, mostly because I feel that there are already too many forms of social media and it is an impossibility to participate in all of them. However, the blog post made it sound interesting enough for me to check it out.

On Pinterest you can create ‘boards’, which are basically collages of pictures based around a theme of your own choosing. Other Pinterest members can follow your board and see what sort of pictures you post, excuse me, pin to it.

It seemed that it is possible to have three ‘secret boards’ on Pinterest, which only you can see, until such time that you make them public. The writer of the blog post used these secret boards to collect pictures of what she thought her character looked like, such as hairstyle and clothes, but also hobbies, likes and dislikes. As a marketing tool, she would then make the board public, so that her readers could get an idea of the character and interact.

Seeing as I have to build interest for my new series, this Pinterest approach didn’t seem like too bad an idea. Specially as I had to think about Emily’s looks anyway.
Therefore, I created three secret boards and one public one about York, the main setting of the series. On top of that, I added an extra page to my website, where I left some fun info about the new series. A bit scary, as making them public, will mean I have to use them in the book, but also fun as people finally get to know more about the new book.

Please check out my New Page or have a look through my York Pictures on Pinterest and let me know what you think!