First, to make sure I have your attention, I'm going to show you the cover for the first book in her new series (PERFECT PITCH):
Reigning beauty queen Samantha Winger is launching her pet project, a music program for kids. All she has to do is follow the pageant's rules—no smoking, drinking, or "cavorting" in public.Sounds like fun, doesn't it? Here's Mindy to tell us how she used Pinterest to help her writing.
That's fine, until D.J. Thomas—God's gift to baseball—throws her a wild pitch. He slams her in an interview, and the video goes viral. Sam's no shrinking violet. She parlays D.J.'s apology into a national T.V. appearance—and a very unexpected, very public kiss.
Soon, paparazzi catch the couple in a steamy make-out session, and Sam's music program is on the block. The blazing hot relationship is threatened even more when D.J.'s son begs to trade in Little League for music class.
Can Sam and D.J. sizzle past the sour notes and find their perfect pitch?
You know how new social media platforms launch. One online friend starts to rave about the Next Big Thing, and then a few others chat publicly about how much they're loving The New Thing, and then someone has Super Secret Access Codes but you're always too late emailing them to get one, and then everyone in the entire world is using the service and you're sort of wondering how you got left behind.
Or, ahem, maybe that's only me.
Four years ago, a new platform launched: Pinterest. A lot of my online friends were immediately taken with it. They snapped up those Super Secret Access Codes, and they talked to each other about their favorite pins, and they collaborated on strategies, and they loved, loved, loved Pinterest. I started seeing that script P on all sorts of websites, on blog posts, in the wild.
And I just didn't get it. Oh, Pinterest made sense if I was renovating a kitchen – I could see using an online bulletin board to pin ideas for appliances and counters and paint colors. And it made sense for displaying similar artwork – all the book covers created by a particular artist, or all the books published by a specific publisher.
But for me? An author who can't draw stick figures and who has no money in her home renovation account?
I shrugged and forgot about Pinterest.
Until I started working on the Diamond Brides Series. My plans for Diamond Brides were audacious – I was going to write and publish nine short, hot contemporary romances in a single year. I'd take the first three months to get some of the writing done, but then I'd be living in a sort of joyful chaos – publishing one book while editing a second while writing a third while plotting a fourth. And just to make things interesting, I decided to publish the first three books in four weeks.
I needed to get organized. I needed new tools for keeping track of all my writing details. My usual go-to system, Scrivener, was up to the task of tracking all those words, but I wasn't sure I could use it effectively to handle all the images.
Images? You know. An inspirational picture of the hero. Another, of the heroine. A picture of the setting, especially rooms in a house. Clothes, food, all the assorted props in a 150-page novel. With nine books coming down the production line, I couldn't afford to forget who had green eyes, who had hazel, who wore the backless red ankle-length gown, who wore the navy T-shirt.
And so I dipped my toes into Pinterest.
I created a "Board" for each book in the series. For Perfect Pitch, I prowled around the Internet, searching for images that resembled my hero and heroine. I searched through hundreds of "shelter" sights (intended for people doing home decorating), to figure out what my hero's home would look like. I tracked down images of county fairs and beauty pageants and music classes for kids.
I found pictures for every setting in my book, and I pinned them to my board. At first, I used Pinterest as an experiment. I figured I'd probably get tired of it in short order; there was no reason I couldn't run my searches over again to find characters and places.
But after writing the first chapter, I realized just how easy it was to click over, to check on a character's hair color or eye color, to see whether the refrigerator was against the left wall or the right one. I started to use Pinterest as a writing tool.
Now, building my Pinterest board is the very first thing I do when I start a new book – before I outline, before I write a single word. Sure, I change some things as I go. I find better images of my characters. I realize that someone's a vegetarian, so she really won't be eating that steak dinner. I discover a better dress or better shoes or…
You get the idea.
My boards aren't very extensive – 15 pins or so for each book. But Pinterest is letting me stay on schedule. Perfect Pitch released on time on March 31. Catching Hell will be out on April 13. Reaching First will be published on May 4. And all the other books look like they're falling into place.
You can see my Pinterest board for Perfect Pitch here -- http://www.pinterest.com/mindyklasky/perfect-pitch-diamond-brides-1/ Do the characters look intriguing? What about the settings? Do you use Pinterest or other visualization tools when you write?
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