Working psychologist testing the waters as a novelist.
How do you approach cover design?
I knew I wanted to use the visual of the red eyes. I put myself in the position of the brothers. They are on their own, at night, in the woods, and searching for the beast they believe is a killer. That by itself is unsettling. I wanted to capture that moment when they realize that the beast is real. Not only real, but quietly watching them. I think we all have felt that - when we know something is out of place, or that we are being watched.
I also wanted to use the color green. The Red Buffalo Relic gives off a green glow. So, the glow is present in the text and as the clouds in the starry night.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Of course I read a number of children's books, but the first story that I fully felt engrossed - a part of the world - was the classic, Tarzan of the Apes. As a young person, middle school aged, I was really drawn to the child ripped from a family, but still drawn back to a world. He grew to be the leader in two different worlds - that of the apes and of the men. I really liked the duality of the character. He was strong, fast, and smart. He valued education and family. He fought for what was right and to protect those who needed it. I think I really like that he set and followed high principles.
If you see through the eyes of a murdering beast, are you responsible for the acts you witness? Cassius and Caulden, teenage brothers, face the decision to leave all they know behind in an attempt to protect the next victim.