• With Great Creativity Comes Great Influence

    There’s no creative talent who fits the above better than Stan Lee. So many of my friends and peers keep saying he saved their lives. My own experience was different. I’m getting personal in this post to talk about the effect his work had on me. It’s not what I expected when I started writing about it. Stan Lee’s work didn’t save my life. I grew up in a community where “girls can’t read comics” so his stories didn’t reach me until I was an adult and had fled that swamp. I was taught to use everything and everyone to my own advantage, look for the next best person or…

  • Super Saturday: Krys Maiorca

    Today, we have photographer and visual designer, Krys Maiorca! She takes author photos, and has done cover design in the past. Here’s a bit about her in her own words. My name is Kristian Maiorca and I was a reader before I was a photographer.  I started writing in middle school and have been writing on and off since then. I actually used to get in trouble during high school for staying up too late writing.  When I graduated high school I turned my interests into other things, like graphic design and photography.  It was very natural for me to turn my interests for reading, writing, and NaNo into wanting…

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    Friendly Neighborhood Friday: Theodore Ashford

    Today, we have a designer, Theodore Ashford of Ashwords Design! Theodore is a visual artist whose work helps authors promote their books in a number of ways. He’s an award-winning author himself, so he knows what an author needs. Theodore Ashford is a writer and designer who is obsessed with the art of words. That love has led him into a path of typography and design, where he has a blast doing cover design and book photo shoots for other authors. The nice thing about book photoshoots is that books don’t get uncomfortable posing for a camera for long hours and don’t need a buffet. Theo has also worked as an editor for…

  • Sarah Anderson Self Portrait

    Friendly Neighborhood Friday: Sarah Anderson

    Today, we have Sarah Anderson! She’s an awesome designer, reviewer, and skyentist. Here’s a bit about her in her own words. Hi! I’m Sarah, and I’m studying Astrophysics in the South of France. Graphic design has always been a passion of mine, and I’m using this to fund my way through university. I first started designing book covers as a hobby, and it took off from there. I love helping people take their ideas and make them real, taking manuscripts and making them really feel like books. Authors will often ask me for bookmarks, banners, and other designs, and I’m always happy to oblige! I learn a lot from every…

  • Friendly Neighborhood Friday!

    It’s that time of week again! Friendly Friday, where I interview people who help authors get their books out where you awesome readers can see them. And today, I’ve got a cover designer! Cover designers rock because they give a face to our books. Without a cover, would you seriously be clicking over to check them out? Of course not! So, I’d like you to meet Lia Rees! Lia Rees is a designer living in London. After several years bringing authors’ books to life, she’s finally publishing her own in January 2017. “But I’m Not Depressed” is about her ten-year battle with the beast of undiagnosed chronic illness. You’ll find…

  • Summer Splash Book Tour: Mysterious Guest Author

    Back in July, I promised you’d see a mysterious guest author of mysteriousness. I’ll give you a hint. He did a guest post here before. No guesses? Well, today’s the day, so here’s author Brandon Varnell! Brandon Varnell is a writer… the end. … Just kidding. Brandon Varnell is the writer of the American Kitsune series. He used to play guitar, but due to laziness, he never went anywhere with it. He also used to play video games, but after suffering this terrible affliction called book addiction, he only plays occasionally these days. Brandon lives mostly within his own imagination, but can occasionally be found in Phoenix, Arizona. For several…

  • Summer Splash Interview

    Summer Splash Interview: S.D. Ferrell

    Today, we have an interview with S.D. Ferrell! Here’s a little bit about her. S.D. Ferrell is a writer, self-published author, and creative artist. Ms. Ferrell was born the 1st of October 1960 in Norfolk General Hospital, in Simcoe Ontario Canada. She grew up on a small hobby farm in Windham Centre, with her parents, six sisters and one brother. Her fondest memories of childhood were on the farm and the time she spent outside with her siblings. They had grand adventures in the forest that curved around the property. She remembers a majestic willow tree with long flowing branches that grew beside the laneway – they swung from those…

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    Summer Splash Interview: Anna Kringle

    Making a splash today on my blog, it’s Anna Kringle! Here’s a little bit about her, but please note that she is not the same Princess Anna with an ice Queen for a sister: ​ Anna is a bubbly fairy princess from a small country town far, far away. Raised around rednecks and obsessively muddy trucks, She was faced with a strange need to fill empty paper with words. So she decided she might as well write stories. With the help of her friendly mice and other neighborhood animals, she has worked very hard to make this hobby a profession and hopes to make the world a bright and colorful place…