Thanks for hosting me, Pippa! You're welcome, thanks for stopping by. :)
My new release, Refugees on Urloon, is a sci-fi romance set on an exotic waterworld planet. In this far future setting, Terran descendants have adapted themselves to life on a planet with no large land masses and many small islands. Their adaption has changed their DNA so Urloon native are born with the gills, fins and other changes that make life underwater possible and safe.
I'm a visual writer, I see pictures in my mind. So as I start a new project I look for graphics to put in my file, pictures that invoke something of what I see internally, or pictures that inspire. I usually look at celebrity pictures because it is easy to find several facial expressions of the same person. For geographic graphics, I search wallpaper sites and graphic artist sites for fantasy and scifi pictures. I use a writing software program called Scrivener, which has a virtual corkboard for graphics and notes. I write on a split screen, with the corkboard always at hand.
Here are some pictures from my Refugees On Urloon file:
Liam and Svana
I keep world building notes on the corkboard, also. Some things I researched: dolphins, whales, biodomes, Norwegian fjords, coral reefs. krakens, giant eels, prehistoric water animals.
Then there are things I didn't have to research much--because I had experience in my real life. Jakkon, the Wilder leader/villian has characteristics of a cult leader--hubby and I actually met in a cult as young adults in our hippy-dippy days! It wasn't as dangerous, but it was still nuts. Afterward we wondered how we ever went along with some of the wacked beliefs, and learned that cognitive 'stop thought' techniques are taught in such groups to prevent members from questioning, to just accept cognitive dissonance. Some of that colors Refugees' villain.
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