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Behind the book: Writing Tools – Using Pinterest

Inspiration Boards for The Memory Painter and The Fortune Teller

I wanted to share my experiences using Pinterest, because I love it so much. There are a million ways to use Pinterest. I use it as a visual inspiration board as well as for research while I’m writing a novel. I started doing it with The Memory Painter several years ago to find images that inspired me and it became a valuable writing tool.

When I began working on The Fortune Teller, I used Pinterest even more because I started a board right away at the beginning stages of creating the story. I would plug in search words like “tarot,” “divination,” and “ancient oracles,” for example and get a ton of images to sort through. Anything that struck me in a powerful way I would save to the board. I also found some great websites and resources on ancient maps and libraries, as well as historical pictures for some of the lifetimes I was writing, particularly with the Romani. The wonderful thing too is when you’re all done you can look back at your board and see your writing journey. It’s like a personal visual scrapbook you can share.

Here’s my journey on Pinterest while writing The Fortune Teller.

One other neat feature that I accidentally stumbled on is you can create secret boards! So I’ve got one for the next book I’m writing that already has 104 pins. Now whenever I start researching a story I’ll create a Pinterest board right away. It’s like my official greenlight to get going. I look forward to sharing that board too in the future.

So if you’re a writer and you’ve stumbled on this post and are looking for some added inspiration I do recommend trying Pinterest out.

The Fortune Teller ~ Selected Bibliography & Research

 

The Fortune Teller, a tarot mystery by Gwendolyn Womack

For my upcoming novel, The Fortune Teller, I’ve compiled a list of books, documentaries, films and other materials that helped with my research.

The Fortune Teller is a mystery and a romance and it time-travels but in a much different way than my first novel, The Memory Painter, which delved into reincarnation and the secret of the Great Pyramid. The Fortune Teller explores the power of intuition, predicting the future and protecting the past. The story spans about two thousand years of history and races across Europe with our heroine, Semele Cavnow, an ancient manuscripts appraiser, as she unravels the mystery behind the world’s first tarot deck.

Here is a link to The Fortune Teller’s Selected Bibliography Page. I’ve organized everything into categories: The Tarot, The Science, Antiquities, and The Lifetimes. If you click on each image it will take you to Goodreads or IMDB or YouTube or to an official website where you can learn more about each one.

I’ll be posting more news as we approach The Fortune Teller‘s launch on June 6, 2017. And I’m excited to share that the book is now available for pre-order online and at bookstores if you’d like to reserve a copy. I look forward to you reading it!

Gwendolyn

 

Hello 2017! And so the journey begins…

January 1 – The First Day in the new year, and so the journey begins.

In June my next novel, The Fortune Teller, is coming and before then I’m going to try and paint my own tarot deck in watercolor as a fun project. Sharing the first card here, The Fool, which marks the beginning of a journey in tarot. The Fool sets out without a path, with no expectations and an open heart.

Wishing you all full hearts in 2017 every step of the way. 

Cover Reveal for My Next Novel ~ The Fortune Teller

I’m thrilled to be able to share with you the cover for my next novel!

The Fortune Teller will be coming out 6/6/17 with Picador.

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Here is the description that will be on the back of the book:

A SWEEPING AND SUSPENSEFUL TALE OF ROMANCE, FATE, AND FORTUNE…

Semele Cavnow appraises antiquities for an exclusive Manhattan auction house, specializing in deciphering ancient texts. And when she discovers a manuscript written in the time of Cleopatra, she knows it will be the find of her career. Its author tells the story of a priceless tarot deck, now lost to history, but as Semele delves further she realizes the manuscript is more than it seems. Both a memoir and a prophecy, it appears to be the work of a powerful seer, describing devastating wars and natural disasters in detail thousands of years before they occurred.

The more she reads, the more the manuscript begins to affect Semele’s life. But what happened to the cards? As the mystery of her connection to the manuscript deepens, Semele can’t shake the feeling that she’s being followed. Only one person can help her make sense of it all: her client, Theo Brossard. Yet Theo is arrogant and elusive, concealing secrets of his own, and there’s more to Semele’s desire to speak with him than she would like to admit. Can Semele even trust him?

The auction date is swiftly approaching, and someone wants to interfere—someone who knows the cards exist, and that the Brossard manuscript is tied to her.  Semele realizes it’s up to her to stop them: the manuscript holds the key to a two-thousand-year-old secret, a secret someone will do anything to possess.

 

Now Available for Pre-Order at Amazon, Barnes&Noble, and IndieBound. Visit Macmillan’s book page for more retailer updates.

 

My next novel! The Fortune Teller ~ Coming in 2017

I’m thrilled to be announcing the publication of my next novel, The Fortune Teller. The book will be coming out with Picador USA next year in June.

Here is the announcement in Publishers Marketplace:

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Like The Memory Painter, the story is a romantic thriller that travels through history. A brief description:

While on assignment in Switzerland, an ancient manuscripts appraiser discovers a mysterious memoir written by a seer in the time of Cleopatra. As she begins to translate the story, she finds herself embroiled in a race to find the world’s first tarot deck.

To see more about the story, you can look at my Pinterest board I have created. I use Pinterest while I’m writing to find images that inspire me.

I’m so excited for this next book and look forward to sharing news as it comes!