World building is one of my favourite things about writing. I love to close my eyes and imagine myself right in the middle of a scene, while spinning out a mood. For each novel I use a variety of things to help inspire me, whether it's a visual Pinterest board, a Youtube music playlist, food, or a ton of research about something as insignificant as what type of red berries might have existed in the Libyan desert in order to compare Iset's lips to said red berries.
As I write, I also try and put together a Q and A for each novel, based on questions I think people might ask, or questions my awesome writing critique group asks.
I thought readers might like to see some of these things, too, so that they can listen to my playlists when reading, or check out some of the images that inspired certain scenes.
Playlist: Angsty Nostalgic Songs (yep, while I don't like my characters too angsty, I did listen to a lot of angsty songs from the 80s, 90s, and beyond to help craft my more emotional, heart-rending scenes.)
The Q and A for this is in the back of the novel
Playlists: In the Temple of Mehyt (Two long ambient mixes that set a mysterious, yet funky mood)
French Ambience (I know, it's weird, but I'd just come back from a month in Europe, and we'd spent a few days in Paris and I was in a mood!)
There's also a Q and A coming for this, I promise! Just as soon as I figure out where the heck I saved it on my computer...