With MIRA, I don’t have a ton of input. I fill out art fact sheets that provide basic information regarding theme, tone, setting, characters and so forth, and I also create a mood board, which gives a more visual representation. That’s it for my part. I see nothing until the cover is pretty much finished.
Thank you! I’ve never been very good at explaining my process, but I think it once again boils down to being a visual person. Certain scenes unfold in my head much like watching a movie. All the details are there, I just have to pay attention. But I also spend a lot of time on word choice and sentence structure to help paint that picture.And, yes, music can be very inspiring. For this series, I listen to Fever Ray (The Wolf), Röyksopp (Across the Graveyard), The Raveonettes (Apparitions), Shamrain (To Leave) and Dulce Sky (I Dreamt of You).
Who are a few of your favourite authors? Recommend a book to my followers that you think is a must read.
I grew up in an old house situated between two graveyards. One was well-maintained and still active while the other had been abandoned for decades. The latter was a very creepy place, the sunken graves and crumbling headstones shrouded in brambles and infested with rattlesnakes and spiders. I often conjure an image of that old forgotten graveyard when I’m writing about Amelia.
I’m addicted to social networking. Seriously, interacting with readers, bloggers and other writers is so much fun for me that I have to be careful my writing doesn’t take a backseat. I try to limit my time to evenings and weekends, but I’m not always that disciplined.
Oh, did you mean writing? I hope to have a Graveyard Queen novella up the first part of next year which will delve more deeply into Devlin’s back story and his secrets. Again, look to my blog for updates. :)
Thank you so much for taking the time to liaise with me and do this interview. I can't wait for more in the Graveyard Series and I will be picking up Dollmaker also.
I wish you continued success.