Greetings all! I have a few remaining author events on the calendar this year for my latest novel, The Fortune Teller. If you’re in the neighborhood please come & join me. Here are the date & times with event links below.
October 19 – El Segundo Library w/books provided by Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore, Reading & signing of The Fortune Teller 7-8pm
October 21 – Soroptimists of Capistrano Bay Authors Brunch, El Niguel Country Club in Laguna Niguel, joined by authors Michelle Gable & Abbi Waxman.
October 26 – Pages Bookstore, Reading & discussion of The Fortune Teller, 7pm
November 24-26 – Loscon 44, 2 Panels – details to come
This month The Memory Painter is having a Goodreads Giveaway, ending 9/25.
Enter for a chance to win a signed hardcover of Gwendolyn’s debut novel, a reincarnation thriller spanning 6 continents and 10,000 years back to the Great Pyramid.
“The guy-meets-girl story as you’ve never heard it before…” Refinery 29
Click here to enter, good luck!
The podcast Wine, Women and Words has selected The Fortune Teller as their book of the month for August! I’ll be joining hosts Diana Tierney & Michele Leivas with a glass of wine in hand on August 31st at 8pm PST to talk about the book.
In the meantime they are hosting a giveaway throughout the month. Enter for a chance to win a signed copy of The Fortune Teller and The Memory Painter!
Yesterday I visited with hosts Susanne Warnett and Dax Carlisle on The Tarot Guild’s show Tarot Insider. We talked about The Fortune Teller, The Memory Painter, writing in general, getting an agent, publishing, painting Tarot cards, and the International Tarot Day deck (I’ll do a post on that soon!) that is coming out for the first International Tarot Day on 7/8. It was a fun-filled hour.
If you’d like to hear me talk about the writing behind The Fortune Teller you can watch it on YouTube by clicking here.
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.