Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Pinterest Boards Tell The Story


It's that little thing that separates historical from fiction...and it matters.

In this day and age there are so many ways to research, and most are right at our fingertips. Aside from historical societies, museums, and interviews we have Google, online archives, Wikipedia, and...Pinterest.

Yes, Pinterest. The online site is growing by the day and both men and women are using it to collect photos and historical facts about their passions and interests. 

However, it's not just gaining popularity for household cleaners, clothing, and DIY helps - more authors are now using it to bring "characters to life" and open new doors into their research endeavors.

I recently added a second account to Pinterest primarily for my World War II research. Anything from Army to Yugoslavia is on my Pinterest page. I separated each area of WWII history with 45 boards and over 800 pins. 

Aside from WWII facts, I added boards for men's and women's fashions in the 1940's, Hairstyles, 1940's advertisements, and my newest board, Fictional and Non-Fictional books of the WWII era.

Pinner Authors are also finding inspiration for characters as they find vintage or modern photos of notable people. I have a board for this called, Faces of War.

Books are coming to life as authors share tidbits of information about their novels in the pins they collect and share. Photos depict or play out a scene similar to one a writer has staged. Other photographs of countries, people, gadgets, and beauty are also described by fictional authors as "inspiration" or thought behind the writing. 

A few authors share their own personal pictures from visiting target locations of their research, or posting videos of interviews.

Pinterest has opened the door for readers to become more intimately connected to their favorite characters and books, and discover why the writer chose a particular issue to address.

Here are some authors who have Pinterest pages to promote their books:

Enjoy browsing a bit and learning the back story and inspiration for some of your favorite books...

1940's Slang

Clam: A dollar

Keen: Appealing, Pleasing

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