It’s time to meet the 14th featured author of the SSS! Introducing…Sarah Ahiers!
In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.
Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.
With shades of The Godfather and Romeo and Juliet, this richly imagined fantasy from debut author Sarah Ahiers is a story of love, lies, and the ultimate vengeance.
Pinterest for Writers
By Sarah Ahiers
I love me some Pinterest. I love it so much.
How much you ask?
Oh just 15,600 pins and 31 pin boards worth. And still growing.
I’ve been using Pinterest since 2011, back when it was so brand new you had to have a sweet invite to join. But join I did and I haven’t looked back.
Yes the vast majority of my boards are related to food. I like to cook and eat. But if I took out all of my food boards (This is not something I would ever do. Because, you know, food) then the vast majority of boards would be related to writing.
Pinterest is a great tool for writers.
There are three main ways I use Pinterest as a writer. The first way is a general collection of craft techniques or pins related to writing resources. You want an 11 point list of how to craft a scene? Pin it. A graph of how to shape the heroine’s journey? Yep. Pinned. Or a picture of how bullets actually affect a human being when they’re shot in different parts of their body? You better believe I pinned that.
Outside of the actual pins focused on writing, though, is a whole ‘nother Pinterest world for you to tap into. I’m talking about inspiration.
Pinterest is full of amazing photos and drawing and artwork that is sure to inspire even the most dabbly of writers. There are landscape pins
And character pins
Who are you, boy with a hawk? Guess I need to write a novel to find out.
And pins that make you go “what the . . .” and scramble for your computer or pen and paper if you’re old school like that.
Not to mention that these pins are great to shore up areas you may be lacking in. For me, it’s clothing. My characters might as well be naked for the amount of clothing description I include in my drafts. But if I’m struggling, maybe all I have to do is look at my Character Clothing and Weapons board to get a better idea of what clothing looks like.
Finally, the last way I use Pinterest is to make a board for each of my novels as I write it. I pin people who look similar to the character in my head, landscapes that match the setting, quotations or sayings that evoke the theme. Anything that even remotely feels like my book, I add to the board.
Then on days when I’m struggling, or on days when I’ve had to return to a manuscript that has been put aside for a while, I can just pull up my board and soak in all the things that remind me of my story. It helps to get me back on track. And also, it’s a lot of fun!
Sarah Ahiers is the Author of ASSASSIN’S HEART (February 2nd, 2016, HarperTeen) about a teen assassin setting out on a path of vengeance for her murdered family. She is finishing up an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults and lives in Minnesota with three dogs and a house full of critters. She has a collection of steampunk hats and when she’s not writing she fills her time with good games, good food, good friends, and good family.