11/19/2016 1 Comment
I am so excited today to have Erin Cawood on the blog. Erin has done the cover for Snowbound, A Chicklit Christmas Novella which releases this week.
I absolutely love this cover. It really captures the feel and the essence of the book, which is what you always hope for when you set out to have a cover designed.
Erin has made a video talking you through her design experience and how we worked together to come up with the design which I think you will find really interesting.
Erin lives in the UK and I live in Australia so we've never met in real life so seeing her on video was extra fun for me. (Don't you just love how the internet makes it possible for us to collaborate with people who live a world away?)
This isn't the first cover Erin and I have done together, she did all my Upper Crust Series Covers as well, but this is our first illustrated cover together.
I really hope you enjoy the video and if you are an author I highly recommend getting in touch with Erin to look at working with her.
Here is a little video I did last year down at Manly Beach. I'm talking about the beach or a place as a character.
To further illustrate the point...this is a picture of the same beach I took yesterday in the height of summer. The sun is brighter, the sky is a different shade of blue and it is a whole lot more crowded.
I love using the beach and the ocean in my writing because it is so much a part of my day to day life.
This beach is at Manly in Australia and features in my novel Mr Right and Other Mongrels.
Does the setting of a book affect whether or not you choose to read it?
If you read a book set somewhere you know do you prefer that? Or what about if it's somewhere you know but in the book you're reading it looks unrecognisable. "Hey that's not my town, that's not right!"
Here are a few thoughts of my own on setting.
Sometimes all you need to do is change the name to protect the innocent. In my second book Hearts Afire the island I describe is a real island in Queensland but I changed it's name so I could take some creative license. Likewise the characters live in Stanton - no such place exists in Sydney's inner-west, at least not by that name.
If you want to use a real setting my best advice is to make it real. get the facts right and no one will complain, get it wrong and well, you'll certainly hear about it.
So do you like books set in real places or do you prefer created towns, cities and villages?
Thanks to all those who gave me feedback on my first video blog post. I do take your thoughts and opinions on board.
Here is a quick explanation of what I hope to achieve with the addition of video...the next video will be filmed "on location". Stay tuned.
Here we go! Here is my first video blog entry.
It's always weird to see oneself on video. I look a bit stilted and my efforts not to wave my hands like a crazy person when I talk have me shrugging my shoulders and awful lot but it's kind of an unnatural process so I'm cutting myself some slack. I'm sure I'll get used to it. Hopefully though it adds a new fun dimension to the blog.
Here's my first attempt!