Born and raised in the Chicagoland area, Percival Constantine grew up on a fairly consistent diet of superhero comics, action movies, video games, and TV shows. At the age of ten, he first began writing and has never really stopped.
Percival has been working in publishing since 2005 in various capacities--author, editor, formatter, letterer--and has written books, short stories, comics, and more. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Mass Media from Northeastern Illinois University and a Master of Arts in English and Screenwriting from Southern New Hampshire University.
Currently, Percival lives in Japan's Kagoshima prefecture, where he works as a literature and writing instructor at the Minami Academy. He also co-hosts the Geek Screen podcast, and is a contributing writer for WhatCulture.
What is your writing process?
It varies a little from project to project and I'm always experimenting with different methods to see if something might work better for me. To begin with, I try to keep a notebook with me as often as possible, where I take notes and jot down ideas as they come to me. I start to bang out some rough plot outlines in there and then I take them into a mind-mapping program on my computer and start typing them out.
From there, I go into Scrivener and create some documents for the outline. Sometimes I'll outline specific scenes, other times I'll just have some basic beats written down. The nice thing about Scrivener is that it makes it really easy to skip around in the story and just write what I feel like writing, then reorganizing documents in the program binder is very simple from there.
Once I have the first draft, I print it all out and go through it with a red pen, correcting mistakes, making notes on things to revise, etc. After I input my revisions, I send them off to an editor.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design is very important to me, since I believe a terrible cover can quickly turn off a potential reader. So I spend a lot of time trying to find the perfect image or images to use for the layout and once I find them, I manipulate them in Photoshop as needed, then import them into Illustrator to handle the logo design and text layout.
If I can't find the necessary images, I'll look to hiring an artist, but I'll still do the layout myself. I do have some experience as a cover designer, and I do design work for an independent publisher, but I highly recommend that if you don't know what you're doing, then invest the money in a good cover.
Cuba Road is like many other backroads across the country. Dark, lonely, and heavy with tales of ghosts and weird happenings. A healthy seventeen year old girl dying suddenly of heart failure late one night on that strip of pavement might just get added to the list of odd occurrences. Except for rumors of her being struck by a ghostly car…
Trouble happens everywhere in the universe. Any time. Any place. And that's when Moose and Skwirl step in. The being called Moose is barrel-chested, two-fisted and sarcastic. Selene Karanova Wirl is seductive, sexy, and wields a sense of humor that could kill… almost literally. Together they travel space and time, fixing trouble in their own unique, destructively bloody style.
While helping the police investigate the murder of a high-end escort in uptown Chicago, Cross discovers that the victim is a vampire. Creatures of the night are moonlighting as prostitutes… and as dangerous as they are, something even worse is now hunting them. Cross must decide whose side he’s on—the monster’s or the monster hunter’s—and he must do it quickly before even more blood is spilled.
Pro Se Productions presents a collection of new stories wrapped in the shadows of Noir and definitely Hard Boiled with a feminine touch. Authors Joel Jenkins, Christofer Nigro, Shannon Muir, and Percival Constantine deliver two-fisted, gun shooting hard core action in these blood-soaked pages, and each tale revolves around a woman.
Author Percival Constantine returns with another tale of Luther Cross—the only man clever enough to con Hell itself. In the second installment of Constantine's Pro Se Single Shot Signature Series, Cross finds himself embroiled in a missing persons case and becomes dangerously entangled in Ties That Bind.
Luther Cross has been through Hell—literally. Born of a mother he watched die, conceived as part of a demonic ritual, and raised by monks after being saved by a mysterious, murderous individual, Cross now makes what living he does through confidence schemes…and the death of demons.