1. How did you start designing covers?
I started my fiction editing business back in 2004. Over the years, as I learned a new skill, I’d add it as a service for my author-clients. I can’t recall what year I started designing covers for others, but I kicked off my premade cover shop and stock art shop a couple of years ago. Designing is my favorite service.
2. Out of all your covers, which are your favourites and why?
Here are some recent favorites. I loved these because elements and colors came together well, and I learned a new skill each time.
3. If your friends were asked to describe you in one word, what would it be?
Friends would probably say I’m a workaholic. Ha!
4. Do you specialize in any particular genres?
While I’ve designed covers from nonfiction to historical to noir, I tend to gravitate toward sci-fi and fantasy sub-genres. What can I say? I love glowy lights. LOL!
5. Do you enjoy working on premades or custom covers more?
I’m honestly not sure whether I prefer designing premades or customs. I love the one-on-one collaborative process of working with clients, but I also love the freedom and expression of premades. Do I have to pick one?! 😉
6. Is there an author that makes you go all “fangirl?”
Since I’m also an author, and have been one since I was a wee tyke, I tend to think of all authors as equals. Everyone is awesome, and it’s an honor to be a member of their creative tribe.
7. What keeps you going while designing?
Since I wear a lot of different hats for my clients–web designer, character designer, editor, marketer, formatter–I occasionally have a bit of trouble diving back into cover making if I’ve been working on other types of projects. My surefire way to jump back in is to browse inspiring art/illustration on art sites. It helps so much. I also visualize concepts in my head so I have a plan for how a cover will go ahead of time.
8. What’s next for you?
I’ve been building out my stock art shop with more scifi characters and elements lately–thus far, it’s been fantasy heavy. I am also learning Adobe Illustrator so I can add more skills to my repertoire. And, of course, I’ll be creating more premades.
9. Where can we find you on the internet?