I try to make the cover directly reflect some scene in the story or at least clearly represent the story's main idea.I try to contribute an image, whether an idea or an actual picture. For A Lesson in Revenge I went into a former school where I taught and put the writing on the blackboard and took a photo. Unfortunately the image suggested more horror than thriller so for the second edition it has been changed. For my second, soon to be released science fantasy, it was much more complicated because of the fictitious world and the main character. It involved several weeks of building props (a hearth, a hammer or two, a sword, reeds), days of experimenting with lighting on a naked mannequin, and an hour or two to clear some space in the garage for the photo studio. But it was great fun and I was pleased with the final results after Tatiana put the cover together.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't remember the details of the story, but I do remember this great anticipation and excitement of waiting each night for my dad to sit on the edge of the bed and read me the next chapter. The book was Bomba the Jungleboy.
When did you first start writing?
As my mini bio says, I was a Edgar Rice Burroughs fan and really was captivated by the whole Martian Series. Even tried to emulate John Carter of Mars by starting to write John King of Mercury. Stop laughing - I was very young.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The one I am working on now has medical overtones but is basically a romantic suspense turned thriller. Was really taken with the concept of heart transplants and what would happen if the family of a donor found out more than they should.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Easy - after sending out 65 queries to agents and publishers and not getting so much as an automated "no thank you" because "we are just too busy" (like how long does it take to hit the send button?) - I decided that the pleasure and joy of writing was being destroyed by them, so I decided to do it myself. Can't tell you the satisfaction I received after doing it all myself and finally holding a copy of my first book.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Incredibly helpful! They have given us so much guidance with absolutely everything.
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