Erik Christensen is an author who loves to entertain. A life-long fan of both science fiction and fantasy, he enjoys blurring the lines between the two in his own stories. His approach to writing is to create interesting characters and put them in nearly impossible situations.
Erik currently lives in Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I'm not sure I can remember the first, but I have vivid memories of books I read at a relatively young age. My mother gave me science fiction and fantasy books, like "The Hobbit", "Lord of the Rings", and pretty much every Heinlein book ever. My dad had me reading "Dale of the Mounted", the Hardy Boys series, and all manner of non-fiction sports and science books and magazines. Between them it's no wonder I gravitated toward sci-fi adventure, because they all lit up my imagination like the beacons of Minas Tirith. Even earlier than that was Winnie the Pooh, which may be the first books I read on my own. My very first attempt at writing was essentially Pooh fan-fic, which has thankfully been lost.
How do you approach cover design?
My foremost thought is to convey a conflict, preferably an internal one. With my first book, the protagonist is a librarian who desperately wants to follow his late father's footsteps in the Guard. Forced to give up his sword for a pen, he struggles to find his "true self" throughout the book. From this, I decided I wanted the cover to depict a "battle" between a sword and a quill. My next step was to hire a professional, and boy, was I right to do that. Not only did she come up with a brilliant depiction of my idea, she did such a good job that I was forced to come up with a better title for my book, one that conveyed the same level of action that her art-work did.