I consider cover design one of the most important marketing tools. The first thing your reader sees is the front, or spine, of your book, so it really has to catch their attention. I've always been drawn to more simple covers, so of course, I looked for a cover artist who can say a lot with a little. The good ones will always cost you money, but it will always be worth it. If your cover is a cut and paste Photoshop tutorial, then your readers will notice. Many readers associate cheap covers with bad writing. For Arcadia I worked with Cover Designer Fena Lee and I think she really pulled off the whole concept of the book. It's visually appealing, not just as an e-book front, but as a wrap around for the paperback as well. The cracks and hole in the top left corner really pulls in the readers attention and the title is placed in a spot and font that is easy to read and immediately noticeable.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. The Archived by Victoria Schwab: In a nutshell, it's about a library filled with the copies of dead people to preserve history through memory. I love this book because the concept was unlike any I had ever read before and the characters pull at your heartstrings so hard. (V.E. Schwab's book Viscious is also noteworthy) 2. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: This book completely changed my view of the media/government and showed me how they bend stories for their own gain. It also taught me to be weary of how people in power wish to be perceived. It should be required reading in all schools. 3. For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund: Again, it has a completely new concept. I've never read anything like it before and I love how it was a futuristic take on Jane Austin's PErsuasion. 4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin. Ah, the classic love story. Timeless. :) 5. Red Rising by Pierce Brown. This one is a recent favorite. I like the Hunger Games meets Mars feel of the book and was immediately attached to Darrow's plight to avenge Eo's death.
The writing for all of these books is absolutely astounding. Great writers can carry cruddy plots, but great plots can't carry cruddy writers.
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything and anything. I prefer books with a futuristic science fiction feel to them, but I'm not apposed to the occasional cutesy love story. (Just don't tell my family ;) )
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle. I love my kindle, i goes with me everywhere! You never know when a chance to read might pop up, or when you might need to blatantly ignore unwelcomed relatives.
Describe your desk
My writing desk is my laptop and a big comfy red chair in the living room. My actual desk is a vintage, modge podged decoration that holds abandoned stories, notes on future stories, and hard copies of all drafts of all published works. And the occasional quilt in progress. To the untrained eye, it might appear chaotic.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Myself. Truth is I hate working for other people, and to me traditional publishing feels like working for someone else, so I've never even attempted to try it.
What are you working on next?
My next project is a companion story to Arcadia, either set on Earth during their isolation, or a few years into Arcadia's future and dealing with the Cyborg Underground. Both will eventually be published, but at this moment I don't know which will be published first.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Money to make a living. Let's face it. If I didn't have to make money, I would never leave the warmth of my bed. It's just so cozy, especially during foggy winter days. :)
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