Many times I’m inspired to create a character or a story based on a song that I hear or love. I always compile a playlist when I’m writing the first draft because it helps keep me focused (and it’s just fun!). My playlists include songs referenced in the book, as well as “theme” songs for characters and major turning points. Similarly, I’m visually driven, so I also love creating Pinterest boards with images and quotes that are salient to the book. I’ve also created a few book trailers, which are short and sweet. If you’re interested in getting inside my head (and behind the scenes of my books), take a look and listen.