J.G. VanDenKooy


J.G. VanDenKooy was born in Las Vegas, NV. He began by writing music at a young age and, after reading 'Good Omens' by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, became an avid reader.

In 2010 he attended Southern Utah University to study music, but left to transfer in 2012.

He now lives in California, and is a BFA student at California Institute of the Arts studying composition and digital arts. He writes novels for the love of it.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember my mother and I would read Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events" and falling in love with the dark wit. By the time I started reading them, ten books had been released. Fortunately, the Penultimate Peril came out at the right time, which I acquired from a friends yard sale in a turn of fate, and then had to wait patiently for The End. Honestly, I was never much of a reader; I was slow and would get distracted easily. Once I finally began to love books I think it helped me focus, and now I can digest a book like a pro.
How do you approach cover design?
It all starts with the image. A strong photo depicting a central place, item, or mood means giving the prospective reader a taste of what they're in for. In the case of Faolan, I choose an image depicting a forest of dead trees with a white overcast winter sky. Not only does it depict the kind of natural emptiness that pervades the novel, it is also an actual visual scene in the story. Then I just organize the textual material in a way that complements the image.
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Where to find J.G. VanDenKooy online


Fae: The Book of Faolan
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 119,170. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
For centuries, little children have been kidnapped by mischievous faeries. They take them away to the world on the other side. Sometimes, if they survive, the children come back to the human world, but never the same. The other world calls them, beckons them to return. In their dreams—and daresay waking hours—they go wandering back to the Faery Realm.

J.G. VanDenKooy's tag cloud

coming of age    dark    fae    faeries    fairy    folklore    folklore and mythology    magic    ocean    ship    war