Wilmar Luna

Biography

From the time he put on Superman pajamas and leapt off a flight of stairs, Wilmar Luna has been captivated by stories of heroes saving the day. As he grew older, his fascination with 90's pop culture, video games, and movies filled his overactive imagination with fantastical worlds and legendary heroes.

He found an outlet for his creativity by studying video editing and motion graphics design at Mercer County Community College. After graduating in 2008, he freelanced throughout New York City and has edited numerous indie films, freelanced for the NFL, and also worked with the cinematics team at Rockstar Games. He assisted with the launch of Grand Theft Auto V and was also involved in the creation of cutscenes for Red Dead Redemption 2.

After years of watching his name scroll in other people’s credits (please don’t remove me), Wilmar wanted to develop his own projects and ideas. He decided that if he wanted to tell stories of empowered female characters, paranormal detectives, and ghost stories, he would have to venture off on his own.

Wilmar published his first novel in 2012 and his second in 2014. He also published several horror short stories on Wattpad, as well as concept ideas for a gothic fantasy novel. In 2018, Wilmar completed his novel The Silver Ninja: A Bitter Winter, fulfilling his childhood dream to create an empowered, independent, brand new superheroine for a generation of readers hungry for new stories.

For updates on his latest projects, please visit https://thesilverninja.com or follow him on Twitter @WilmarLuna.

Smashwords Interview

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!
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Where to find Wilmar Luna online


Where to buy in print


Books

A Bitter Winter
Series: The Silver Ninja. Pre-release—available August 9, 2018. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 98,120. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A former cop steals a dangerous technology in order to get revenge against the man who ruined her life. Unfortunately, the influence of the suit proves more powerful than she could have ever anticipated.
The Silver Ninja: Indoctrination
Series: The Silver Ninja Prototype, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 91,680. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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.**

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