I hear complaints that Pinterest is addicting. Over the weekend I investigated these claims for myself. I got sucked in too. Can I just say, as someone old enough to remember researching through gargantuan multi-volumed encyclopedias at the library, I love the internet! The wealth of information, images, music, and videos . . . and therefore unlimited potential for distraction. A veritable time warp. A happy addiction. Now back to those thirteen loads of laundry waiting to be folded. *Ooh, look! A funny cat picture? I must re-pin it!*
Pinterest board: Visual inspiration, Song for Sophia. I suppose every author uses visuals for inspiration. It’s exciting to find a picture and think, “Yes! That’s it!” This Pinterest board shows how I see my story, featuring Catherine-Zeta Jones and Monica Bellucci as celebrity lookalikes for Anne-Sophia Duncombe, and Jude Law and James Penfold as Wilhelm Montegue doppelgängers. (That’s James Penfold here, looking splendidly surly.) Read more about “Song for Sophia” here. Also find a sneak peek at Chapter 1 and teaser excerpts.
My current WIP (work in progress) features an artist heroine whose ideas are shocking (for 1872). In researching Romantic-era art, I owe much inspiration to Pre-Raphaelite painters such as Rossetti, Waterhouse, Leighton, Dicksee, Millais, and some modern artists adopting the style. I love the vivid colors, the intensely emotional and fantastical themes, and of course the inhumanly beautiful people. Here are the pieces that compel me; it seems each begs to have its story told. Like Pinterest, Pre-Raphaelite art can be addicting!