A short excerpt from my upcoming novel “Blood and Steel.”
AI has come a long way when it comes to image generation. Here is some concept art for “The Land of the Black Sun,” a new series I’m working on.
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.
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.
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.