Hey all –
As you know, now that ODS 1 & 2 are both out, I’m about to release the paperback. It’s currently in formatting and should be ready to go to the printers quite soon, but in the meantime, I have a new cover to show you and in all honesty I’m too excited to wait any longer!
It was done by the inimitable Regina Wamba of Mae I Design, and below you’ll find her guestpost. I will say, when you’ve read it, do go and look at her design gallery – there are such beautiful pictures and book covers there that I keep having to go back and see if she’s got any new ones up!!
So without more ado, here is my lovely new cover:
It’s based on a photo of model Maria Amanda by photographer Helle Gry Schaub – and now that you’ve admired it, here is a little more detail about the designer…
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Name: Regina MaeAnn Rasmussen Wamba
Covers for books by: MaeIDesign (pronounced May I Design! It was meant to be clever!!)
Website / Gallery: www.maeidesign.com or www.facebook.com/maeidesignandphotography/
One-sentence biog: I don’t blog. You have to be able to write to blog. No bueno here!
What is the first picture you remember making?
Horsies… I loved horsies. EVERYTHING was horsie related. And because it’s been a long time… I will say it again. Horsie.
When did you know you wanted to do art for a living?
Gah… FOREVER. I used to watch Bob Ross and think… now this is what I want to do. Now, not technically am I doing what bob did, but hey… I love creating. He made some great trees you know?
When you draw / make art, do you have a routine or habit?
Not really. I usually just find something that sparks a thought, which sparks pictures, which sparks me doing something creative. I have to have some sort of outlet with me at all times, otherwise scraps of paper get used as my canvas and that isn’t really all that efficient.
What kicks off the picture? Do you plan it or do you start with a line and see what it looks like?
Usually I just have a base, and then everything kind of just happens.
When you do bookcovers, what in the summary tends to catch your attention?
Sometimes the whole thing, but usually I have to read a bit more than a summary to get a “FEEL” for the cover…. I want to express your words in image format… It’s important that I get it right.
Of your various artistic endeavours, which is your favourite?
Because I live in a teenytinylittlepuny house… I don’t have the space for a studio, so I don’t get to do paintings and such as often. But when I do, I enjoy probably drawing first, and painting second. And then my other favorite art form is photography. Boy… that is just FUN… I love all types of art!
When you make covers without a story, is that a different artistic process from when you have a summary to work from?
Yes, basically it is more free rein. I get something small to make something big. BUT I get more vivid imagery when I read more.
Do you have a favourite cover or picture that you’ve done?
I love my daughter’s picture of the dragonflies where it looks like her hair is on fire. I called it “Do you believe in Magic?” I love the colors, space and wonder in that manipulation. It was her one year picture, and I ended up just having more fun with it when I got home!
Do you read much, and if so what?
YES. I love to read! Love Love Love… I love historical romance, new adult and young adult paranormal. I love anything paranormal. But I also enjoy a good book if it makes me think.
Do you have an e-reader?
I have a Nook and and iPad!
Have you read and enjoyed any other indie authors?
Oh yes! Cambria Hebert, Brynn Meyers, Hanaan Rosenthal, John Corwin, Jacob Walker, Penelope King… and this gets longer…
What are your views on self-publishing / e-books?
I really only read on an e-reader, so all I really have are ebooks. I love how much control authors have over their books… but I wish that it was easier for them too! There are tons of VERY VERY talented individuals!
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So there we have it! Did you like my cover? What do you think?
Thanks to Regina for her splendid cover and for guesting here – and to the rest of you, watch this space for news of the paperback, and if you’d like to be involved in the launch party (and I’m intending to have giveaways and prizes and all sorts), drop me a line….
Catch you later peeps!