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I don't want to brag or anything, but I've been friends with Anna for almost three years. Not only is she a talented writer, but she's an amazingly sweet, smart, caring, creative, and fun person to know. I pride myself on excellent discernment when it comes to fine human beings.
VIOLET STORM follows the story of a gifted athlete, struck down by lightning on the eve of her biggest championship victory. What comes next is the unraveling of a post-apolocalyptic world already on the verge of bedlam as they fight against a deadly disease known as vaincre. The only cure against vaincre is a procedure known as Modification--turning humans into artificial beings called Modi's. But the brilliant surgeon who developed this technology has gone rogue with his procedures and the Monarchy is desperate to shut him down. That's where Aeva comes in. Aeva is the surgeon's secret weapon against the Monarchy. After reconstructing her body to become a Modi unlike any he's ever created, Aeva is forced into a fight against all odds. She'll have to break loyalties, hurt family, and turn her back on newly awakened love. Thousands of lives hang in the balance in a battle that will set forth a new era. Join Aeva on her quest to see whether she's got what it takes to go up against the most powerful humans ever created.
Join Aeva on her quest to see whether she's got what it takes to go up against the most powerful humans ever created
Sounds awesome right? You should buy it at Amazon because it's only $4.99 and a must-read for summer for the "in crowd".
Anna will be famous someday, probably doing interviews on Oprah, but I swooped in to be the first at an exclusive interview with her. Oprah-Shmoprah. You can read this interview and see for yourself how fantastic she is and then feel smug that you "knew her when" too.
Anna's Tell-All (OK really, Tell-Some) Interview
What is your ideal writing setting—music, silence, coffee shop, pajamas….?
|Oh my gosh, look how neat she is! She has CLEAN desk space.|
|This is Anna smiling widely. She just lights up, doesn't she? |
She doesn't know I lifted this picture from Facebook. Shhh... don't tell her.
|I lifted this sans permission, too. But proof positive she loves chocolate. Just look at that face!|
|Mr. Right (Yup, downloaded from Facebook...why start asking permission now?)|
Thanks, Anna, for letting folks get to know you and allowing me to take liberties with your Facebook photos!
About the author: Anna Soliveres has always been a storyteller but it wasn't until her early twenties when she began writing novel length works. The result was an enthusiasm to get better at the craft until her work could be shared with the world. Releasing in March 2014, Violet Storm is her debut novel. Anna is currently working on another young adult science fiction series, titled Snow Dolls, set to release in late 2014.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Writing the Story In ME VS Wanting to Eat
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Hide it under a bushel, no!I’m going to let it shine!
Thursday, May 15, 2014
This is not the first time I have featured Mac Wheeler here. The first time was for his visually lush blog featuring his photographs of his walk-abouts in Florida.
This time, however, I'm focusing on the release of his 24th book. That's right, 24th!
One Indie's Cover Process
I'm an Indie who has transitioned from using the services of designers to doing it all myself. Hey, there ain't much money in authorin', so I can't spend a ton on covers, and after penning 24 novels, my wallet would be flatter than it is already if I didn't start studying. So, if you're really cheap like me:
Stock: Expect to spend a lot of time scouring the ether for art and photos. Dependent upon the genre, not just the tone, theme of your writing, and the age of your reader. I think http://www.deviantart.com/ and canstockphoto.com open by themselves when I start my browser. There are actually shutter bugs out there that will allow you to use their photos for free. There are tons of sites…I've found connections on Flickr. The good news, if you write a genre that requires more dynamic covers like horror or SF…there are artists you can commission for about two hundred bucks. That's a deal.
Tool Set: If you don't have some graphics/art savvy to start with, this will be your biggest hurdle. Because of my technical background, I rely on Visio a lot. I've been doing photography for a while, so I've had an excuse to play with the photo tools out there. I prefer Corel's PaintShop Pro. I've tried Adobe's Elements. I find the X6 version of Corel's product the easiest to use. Getting to a point where these work for you takes loads of time.
Typography: This isn't as easy as you'd think. You'll need some studying…take a lot of time comparing fonts, sizes, bold, italic, serif, sans…all tied to the genre. (I'll refer you to CreativeIndie blog on the topic) Get familiar with http://www.dafont.com/. Typography is as hard as finding the right stock. It takes time to find what combinations work together, for the particular genre and mood. I have seen so many bad combinations I can't even tell you. (My earliest were probably the worst put on an e-book.)
Composition: Simply stated, it is all art. Not as much science as I wish to this element. Do you have an artistic eye? Position. Color schemes. White space. Color bleed. Making it work in thumbnail. I could blather on. My earliest attempts were so stinking campy…I can't even tell you. Find stock and art that fits as-is in the space. Most of the collages I've seen did not sell the piece. Keep the composition as clean as possible. The first glimpse a possible reader will have of your book will likely be as a thumbnail.
A real designer could expound upon these four elements and add a dozen more. I frankly don't recommend DIY. Being cheap like me is bad. You wouldn't want your house to burn down because of your poor wiring skills…so it ain't great to step in as your own cover designer. But if you're independently minded…expect to spend months putting together the skills to make it work.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
|Gusto Dave Jackson|