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Life Imitating Art

Posted By Dara Girard On May 17, 2011 @ 11:40 am | No Comments

This doesn’t usually happen. When I’m working on a book it doesn’t reflect my life in any way, but that was before I started working on SECRET PARADISE.

No, I’m not escaping to a gorgeous island or having a hot fling with a tycoon (shame). However, my main character Nikki is an interior designer. You’ll first meet her in ALL I WANT IS YOU (October 2011).

Now how does this imitate my real life?

Well I’m currently in the process of getting my website redesigned. I’m working with a web designer and have to answer lots of questions about colors and composition etc… It’s a lot like redesigning a room—what base color do I want? Should I use drapes or blinds? Do I want to paint the walls or select expensive ‘dramatic’ wallpaper? What’s my focal point? Do I need to change the covers for the light switches, on and on…

It can be exhausting (you wouldn’t believe how many different shades of yellow there are). Working on this project has helped me understand Nikki more: Her attraction to the visual nuances of life and what skills she needs–space perception, layout, flexibility, creativity–that makes an excellent interior designer.

It’s been good trying to put into words what I want my new site to look and feel like and this process has given me great ideas for scenes and conflicts in my manuscript. Unfortunately, you won’t see Nikki’s story until spring of 2012, but I plan to have my new site up by June.

Hopefully, I will have achieved my goal.


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