MBM: Pinterest for Authors (Going Down The Rabbit Hole), by Sarah Belliston

 Welcome to the seventh day of MARCH BOOK MADNESS!

Today, Sarah Belliston is talking about what’s Pinteresting in the book world.

You may or may not have noticed, but Sarah and I share a last name. That’s because we married brothers. Back when I finished the first draft of Sadie, I still hadn’t told anyone I’d written a book. It took weeks to tell my own husband. Lame, right? Well, my wonderful sister-in-law, Sarah, graduated with an English major. She loved books, both reading and writing, so she was the second person I told.

You know what? She didn’t laugh in my face. Bonus #1. Then she said she wanted to read it. Bonus #2. She promised to give me honest feedback. Bonus #3. And when she came back a few days later and really liked it, that was a huge bonus #4. Very huge.

Had she not seen my potential as an author, I don’t think I would have given my book to another soul. I would have chalked it up as another of my crazy ideas. But she had faith in me — even more than I had in myself. So . . . I owe her a lot.

Sarah and I have been writing buddies for five years now. She’s put up with my roller-coaster, new author venting. Poor girl. Funny enough, she and I look more alike and have more in common than the brothers we married. We’ve been mistaken for sisters before, which is fine by me. I love her. She’s awesome!

So, I’ll quit talking now and let her take over.Sarah


Sarah Belliston: Pinterest for Authors, or in other words, Going Down the Rabbit Hole




Pinterest was made famous by crafters and DIY’ers pinning projects to a board that showed images instead of links, so you could visually remember what you were going to do to your house, garden, clothes, and children.

Then others started finding Pinterest, designers pinning their inspiration boards, artists collecting their background works, and people in need of laughter collecting memes about angry cats and people with braces.

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Pinterested in Augustina?

I’m a visual person.

When I write books, I like to watch the scene play out in my mind before I ever type a single word. Expressions. Curtains. Clothing. Sunlight. I see it all–or if I can’t, I daydream away until I have it. 

Then I write.

Often I’ll go looking on the internet for photos that capture the mood, feel, or character I’m looking for. Those are the fun days. Guess what. Today is one of those days. :) 

I’ve placed a few of my favorite pictures on a new Pinterest board I’ve created for Augustina, sequel to Sadie. Pinterest was created for visual people. I love it!

Check out Augustina’s board here for a sneak peek of what’s coming.

I’ll definitely be adding pictures as I finish up the novel.

Tellico Lake, Eastern TN

For now, I have to say, I’m loving where Sadie’s story goes. I know, I know. I’m the author. I’m supposed to be in charge of where the story goes, right?


I make outlines and plot like crazy, yet sometimes the characters take over. They do what they’re gonna do, and occasionally that’s in direct opposition to what I want them to do. It’s like Frankenstein. I might be the mastermind of the creation, but once it comes to life, it has a mind of its own.

Thankfully, I like where Sadie headed. She’s awesome!

(Yes, I’m fully aware that I’m insane. She’s not real. She’s not real! Keep telling me that.)

I still feel horribly guilty for all the garbage I’ve thrown Sadie’s way. She comes to a dark place in her mind in book 2. It was hard to write it–very hard to let her hurt inside so badly. I think one of the biggest mistakes authors make is protecting their characters. I knew this going into the book, yet I still wanted to protect her emotionally. But that’s not life. In fact, that’s not even good fiction. The best stories are about people who hit bottom and rise to the top. I’m hoping that you as a reader will hang in there with Sadie. She goes pretty low. Hopefully you’ll forgive me for it. She has. And she comes through it stronger and better for it. I think.

(Yep. You’re ready to call the insane asylum on me. I know it. Well, you can’t call until I finish the book. Sorry. After that, go ahead. Quite frankly, I could use a break. If it makes you less worried, I’m laughing as I type. Or does that worry you more?  It’s like Shannon Hale says, “Becoming a writer sounds more like a mental illness than a professional choice.” So, so true.Oh man. I need more sleep. Okay. Take a breath. Now I’m ready. *putting professional hat back on*)

The first book took place near Whitefish, Montana. 

My husband and I visited Whitefish (near Kalispell) awhile back, and I fell in love with the area. It’s so gorgeous with its crisp mountain air, unending pines, and amazingly blue skies. 

Sadie’s favorite place in the world, Whitefish Lake, MT. (This was taken from our cabin in 2007).

One of the things you’ll notice in the Pinterest board are a lot of pictures of Tennessee. Not Montana. That’s ’cause book 2 takes a turn. A turn southeast.

Back in ’04, my husband and I took our three (at the time) kids, and traveled to Knoxville, Tennessee.

We went to watch the filming of my dad’s movie, The Work and the Glory, which was filmed close to Knoxville.  What an experience that was–one for another post. But here are a few pics:

Inside the McBride family store as they got ready to shoot
“Nathan Steed” with my two kids. Super nice guy.
On set, outside the McBride store. We’re all wearing heavy boots because it had rained so hard in the last month, the entire set was one big mud puddle. It ended up causing a lot of issues, but we thought it was loads of fun.
“Lydia McBride” learning to ride a horse. Do you see what I mean? Tennessee is gorgeous. This picture makes me want to put Sadie on a horse. Hmmmm.  Thinking….


In a few short days, I fell in love with Tennessee. It’s so picturesque. We spent a morning in the Smoky Mountains hiking and exploring waterfalls. Gorgeous. And the people were so open and friendly. Very welcoming. Very southern. If Sadie and Josh couldn’t be in Montana, it only seemed fair to send them somewhere just as amazing. 

Great Smoky Mountain NP
Gerald N. Lund (Grandpa) taking Andrew on a hike through the TN version of the Sacred Grove

Side note: spelling Tennessee over and over and over again has been the bane of my existence this last year. For the life of me, I can’t get it right. Is it two ‘E’s or two ‘S’s, or both, or neither? And what about the ‘N’s? Ugh. What would I do without spell check?

Alright. Enough rambling. This was supposed to be a quick post. Of course they all start that way in my mind: “Oh, I know. I’ll just write a quick post about…” 1,000 words later. Ugh. Sorry. :)

The gist

Check out Augustina on Pinterest here, and tell me what you think. Hopefully, I’ll have a release date for it soon!!!

Have a great one!


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Pinterested in SADIE?

A few months ago I asked what all of you thought about Pinterest and whether it’s worth the hype–especially for a craft-challenged person like myself. Since then, I’ve found a way to enjoy Pinterest. I’m probably breaking rules and using it for things it wasn’t intended, but according to the hubs, I’m a rule breaker anyway. It’s been fun (Pinterest, not rule-breaking).

Last night I got an idea (stole) from another author to pin pictures or images from your book. Obviously these aren’t exact images from the book since none were taken. Rather these images convey the feeling of a scene, or outfit, or whatever. When I’m working on a book, I often go looking for pictures first and have that picture in mind when I write a scene. I’m a visual person so it works. As such, I’ve collected A LOT of pictures from Sadie. I only put a few up on Pinterest (believe me, there were a lot more), but it was fun reliving the memories. Someday I might get daring and put up characters. For now, it’s mostly scenes. :)

You can check out the images (and even a song or two) on my Sadie Pinterest board here. Follow if you like, since I’m sure I’ll be adding more.

Do you like Pinterest? Are you using it for things other than cooking, crafty, hair/clothes, decorating stuff? If so, I’d love more ideas. (Does it bug you when people like me use it for other things?)

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