Wilmar Luna is a Guatemalan American from Hamilton, New Jersey who loves super heroes and video games. It was his love for all things geeky that made him want to entertain and excite his readers. He's not sure where the feminism came from, but it certainly has had an impact on his writing. His dream is that one day, his female superheroine The Silver Ninja, will be a role model for younger generations to come.
What is your writing process?
When I wrote volume 1 of The Silver Ninja. My writing process was originally to just open up MS word and go where my fingers took me. No outlines, no character sheets, no planned out arcs. All I knew was that I wanted to create a super heroine with a high tech nano suit.
10 years later and a few bad reviews, I've changed my writing process completely.
I use the Snowflake method by Randy Ingermanson http://www.advancedfictionwriting.com/blog/ to plot out my characters, plot, and even marketing blurbs. I then write out one sentence summaries of each scene and then figure out what the conflict and resolution is. Once all those assets are pre-planned, organized, and written out. Then comes the real work, writing.
I use a program called Scrivener instead of Word to assemble all my chapters and scenes from Snowflake method. Once that's set, I write the entire chapter and break it up into scenes afterwards. I find it helps me write the story better if I'm writing in large chunks rather than small ones.
Volume 2 of The Silver Ninja will be the first book to receive the Snowflake Writing Method. And judging by the reactions of the beta readers, this is the way to go for all my future writing projects.
How do you approach cover design?
Ah, cover design. Considering that my original field of study was television and motion graphic animation. Cover design is a very involved process that requires way too many steps to write down here.
The basic principle that I apply is this: - Does it tell a story? - Is it eye-catching? - Would I pick it up in the store?
I'm open to any kind of ideas when it comes to book cover design. I hate the over done butt shots and generic book covers that don't really say anything. I like covers to be vibrant and bold, and to give me some idea of the story. I thought that the Game of Thrones anthology covers were terribly unimaginative and boring.
A cover can be abstract or literal, doesn't matter. All it needs to do is capture the atmosphere and give you an idea of the type of story you're in for. If you don't want to tell a story in your cover, at least look aesthetically beautiful. It's shallow, but readers will be the first to admit that they like a good cover. So, I like to make it count!
An ex-assassin turned superheroine is on the run from a vengeful CIA Agent who has discovered her secret identity.
**Please note: Due to a pending re-write of book 1 of The Silver Ninja series. This title will be unpublished to accommodate for massive plot changes and character changes in Edition 2.**