For “Immortal” I was playing with a concept of rotating the title and byline 90°—having them run up the side of the cover instead of the more traditional horizontal treatment, which I’ve been getting bored of. All I knew starting out is the cover had to incorporate a couple key elements: a desert world orbiting a gas giant, and a female soldier. Read on for a tour of how I created the final cover.
Headlined by veteran storyteller David J. West, A Fistful of Demons assembles over twenty of the freshest voices in the Weird West genre into one massive anthology of short fiction that will take you on a wild ride unlike anything you've experienced before.
Magdalena, a young Mayan woman belonging to an order of demon-hunting priests, nuns, and monks, is sent by the Vatican on a quest to recover the lost Spear of Destiny—the very lance that pierced the side of Christ. In her quest she travels to America and is joined by an old friend, the fabled lawman Zarahemla Two Crows. To recover the spear, they must battle cultists, unholy beasts, and conqueror a forgotten monastery possessed by an unimaginable evil.
I’ll admit right off the bat that I’m not an illustrator. I have no drawing or painting talent whatsoever (aside from stick figure cartoons that my kids find mildly amusing). But one thing I’m somewhat good at is digital remixing of other people’s art.
“They ripped me from my mother's arms. They raised me as a soldier, sworn to serve our god-king. My service brought them glory. Too much glory. They left me for dead here, at the edge of the universe. His son grows inside me. The son of a god. And for the sake of my son I shall burn worlds, I shall free my people…And I shall kill my god.”
As a philosophy, Kintsugi treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.
Book trailers are an important, but often overlooked part of your marketing strategy. Book trailers can make a lasting impression, for good or for ill.
For quick book cover mock-ups, I like to work on my phone. It’s convenient and I can fiddle with ideas anywhere, anytime. Here’s a quick rundown of the apps I generally use.
In addition to writing, I also design book covers. My passion is ensuring you put your best face forward when releasing your book, and a high quality cover can make all the difference. People really do judge a book by the cover.
Pass the bottle and I’ll tell you a story of whiskey and wheelguns; of when mighty Buffalo Soldiers patrolled the desert on iron steeds, and of cannibal lizard men deep in the Louisiana bayou; of Navajo skin-walkers and the Mexican undead; of the forgotten tomb of an ancient Mayan god and the Man with Bronze Teeth. A story of the halfbreed lawman and young widow who together stormed the gates of Hell to rescue her son. A story, my friend, of when the West was Weird.