Winner, winner, chicken dinner! On a previous post, I ran a contest asking for ideas on how to use the elements in ‘Earth, Book Four of the Akasha Series’ during the final showdown. I got some great ideas, so a big thank you to everyone who participated! I did pick several winners – who will receive a character spot in the final book and the full set of all four books in print or as e-books once ‘Earth’ comes out this Spring. Here they are:
Kassandra – for her skypunch idea.
Laura – for the idea of having the large rock at Red Rock Amphitheatre falling over.
Sue Q – for her sinkhole idea.
Lolita – (who responded via email), for her idea of stone jutting up out of the earth to trap people.
Please understand, there is no organization to my writing process – I just let my fingers fly, and sometimes surprise myself by what happens. It is very possible I will end up including other ideas mentioned in this contest. For example, perhaps lava, submitted by several people. If that happens, I will contact you and offer the winning package same as everyone else.
If you are mentioned above as a winner, and have not heard from me, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you all!
With the release of ‘Air’ and ‘The Kindred Curse Anthology’ finally done, I can focus on some fun, creative-type stuff. As if fantasy writing weren’t creative enough. Check out what I’ve been up to the past week – a book trailer for ‘Water’:
I’d love to know what you think! Please comment or e-mail me.
And as long as we’re talking visual – check out my new Pinterest pinboards. See where I get inspiration for the Kindred Curse Anthology and the Akasha Series, and my fav book covers!
Love you all!
(Okay that last line sounded creepy, but I’m in a loving mood having finally just made my Valentines Day cupcakes…)
The best way to introduce my series is through the words of book review bloggers! Because each reader interprets a story differently, I conveyed the story using bits and pieces of reviews by readers themselves. See the Akasha Series introduction on Ritesh’s blog.
And if you haven’t read my post and voted for your elemental power of choice yet, now is the time! Read this article and comment!
So…that’s all I really have to say. Since I feel like this blog post is too short, and because I just figured out how to embed YouTube videos, and because I can’t stop thinking about the Hunger Games – I leave you with the awesome movie trailer. Can’t wait ’till March 23rd!!!
Tomorrow is the cover reveal of the next book in the Akasha Series, ‘Air’. But for today, an interview with Air’s cover designer, Keary Taylor. I am so excited to be interviewing Keary, she is a very talented graphic artist and indie author. She created the button on the right, by the way – feel free to grab it! Keary recently released some exciting news that more than trumps my cover reveal – and I couldn’t be happier for her! Keary is an indie author of the paranormal romance ‘Fall of Angels’ trilogy and the post-apocalyptic thriller ‘Eden’. Now on to the news:
Q: Ok, I’ll just come out with it. The film and TV rights to ‘Eden’ were just negotiated. Wha- what?! Talk about every author’s dream – or many author’s dreams, anyway. How are you not bouncing off the walls right now? Tell us how this whole thing came about!
Haha, it certainly is beyond exciting! I was contacted by KK&P on November 1st so I had to keep everything a secret for over a month! But yeah, Kami Garcia (co-author of Beautiful Creatures/producer) read Eden, loved it, passed it to Mark Morgan (producer of Twilight and Percy Jackson) and he loved it too. So they contacted me, said they wanted to represent Eden for film. We went through some contract stuff and here we are! And amazingly enough, KK&P wasn’t the only production company to contact me about Eden!
Q: When did you first self-publish Eden?
In June of this year.
Q: For us author types, what marketing strategies worked best?
You have to be pretty smart about your advertising. Whenever I have a new book come out, I send ARC’s to book bloggers and do a bunch of interviews and giveaways. I also promote on Goodreads.com as well as Facebook ads. Sometimes, you just get lucky I think and things take off.
Q: For us reader types, what can we look for from you next?
I just finished the first draft of a YA contemporary I’m hoping to release in the spring (I’ll be doing an announcement of the title and cover on my blog probably around the same time this interview goes up). After that I have a science fiction I plan on working on.
Q: Will you send me an autograph movie poster of ‘Eden’, you know – when you have hit it big?
Haha, we’ll talk when it gets to that point 😉
Q: Ok – on to your graphic talents. You’ve done an amazing job with your covers, my covers, and many other indie author covers. Here are a few (more can be seen on Keary’s design page):
I’ve gotta say, ‘Awakening’ is my favorite out of the bunch – after ‘Water’, of course! Does design come naturally to you? Do you have professional training in graphic design? How did you learn the trade? Is this a part of the ‘job’ you really enjoy?
I guess you could say it comes naturally to me. When I started reading so much, I really started paying attention to covers, picking out things I really liked about certain ones. I have to admit, I don’t have any professional training. When I started self-publishing I just started playing around in Photoshop and watching different tutorials and just picked it up! I loved it! And so I started offering other authors to do it for them and soon I had people coming to me! I don’t know if I’d call the graphic design a “job”. While I do make a bit of money from it, I mostly do it for fun and to help other authors out.
Q: Tell us your thoughts on the importance of book covers.
Oh man, I can’t stress enough how important a good cover is. Being an independent author is hard enough without a bad cover working against you too. A cover is what people see first and even though they say “don’t judge a book by its cover” people always do.
Q: Have you ever won any awards for your graphic work?
None that I know of, lol. But I do get a lot of compliments and the cover for my book Eden was listed on a TON of best of 2011 covers.
Q: And back to the film rights for ‘Eden’ (because I just can’t stop thinking about it). What are the next steps? Is there a timeline? What info can you give us?
I really can’t say too much right now. There should be some more news to share in the next six months or so. As of right now it’s about getting a screenplay done, looking for actors, and studios. It is certainly exciting though! A total dream come true.
A big thanks to Keary for doing the interview and an even bigger thanks for all my great covers! Please check back in tomorrow to see her masterpiece!
Keary Taylor grew up in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains where she started creating imaginary worlds and daring characters who always fell in love. She now resides on a tiny island in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their two young children. She continues to have an overactive imagination that frequently keeps her up at night. She is the author of BRANDED, FORSAKEN, VINDICATED, AFTERLIFE (Fall of Angels series), and EDEN. To learn more about Keary and her writing process, please visit http://kearytaylor.com.