Julie C. Gilbert


Writer, chemistry teacher, Christian

Smashwords Interview

How do you approach cover design?
I'm luckier than most in that I have a friend who happens to be a talented artist with knowledge and some experience in graphic design. We create most of the covers together. Usually, I do things like describe what I'm looking for and he does all the hard work. I choose color scheme, character inclusion, and small detail things like that. I have some general rules about covers. 1. The author name can't be bigger than the title. 2. All fonts need to be legible. 3. It has to be fun.
What are your five favorite books or book series, and why?
(Despite the #'s, no particular order)
1. Cry of the Icemark by Stuart Hill - Fun story about a princess who saves her people by wielding a sword. What's not to like?
2. Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series - I'm taking it as a whole because it's essentially one really long tale. In general, I'm not a huge fantasy fan, but I make excpetions for cool world-building. Sander's excellent at world-building. The magic system in the Mistborn series has to do with burning metals, which I find absolutely awesome. Okay, so that's the chemsitry geek in me.
3. Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Super Mysteries (The ones published in the 90's) - There's something inherently awesome about a simple mystery story with good guys, bad guys, and always winning in the end.
4. Star Wars New Jedi Order Rebel Dream - I don't remember much about the book, but I do remember turning it over and re-reading it. Since I pretty much never do that, I'm guessing it had something compelling in there.
5. Star Wars Jedi Apprentice (the one about young Obi-Wan Kenobi) - I enjoyed how the authors maintained a sense of urgency and danger without being overly violent or graphic. Solid YA fiction.
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The Collins Case
Price: Free! Words: 39,070. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Suspense, Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
A old friend's disappearance sets an FBI agent on a dangerous case where the line between good guys and bad guys might turn murky. (I'm giving the whole free thing a go for a while. Enjoy. If you like the story, please leave an amazon and smashwords review.)
Ashlynn's Dreams
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,200. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Jillian and her babysitter, Danielle, get kidnapped because she can shape people's dreams. Join Jillian as she learns her Gift, searches for her brother, and fights to free herself and her babysitter. (If you like the story, please leave an amazon and smashwords review. Check out the Youtube trailer by searching the title.)

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