Great news. My debut novel is now scheduled for publication by DAW in November 2014. At the moment it’s called ‘Empire of Dust’, but that’s a working title and likely to change.
My editor emailed last week and asked me to think about which scenes in my book would make a good cover illustration. She’s thinking of asking Stephan Martiniere to do the cover which is mind-bogglingly wonderful because… well… Stephan Martiniere, you know. And if you don’t know, take a look here: http://www.martiniere.com/
My story is full of movement – at least, that’s what I’m aiming for – so how do I identify those frozen moments that linger on the back of the eyelids like sunspots? You know, the ones which illustrate not just the scene, but encapsulate the feeling of the whole book.
I hunted through the text and found two scenes that might work.
The first is when Cara Carlinni and Ben Benjamin walk down the ramp of the landing vehicle on to Olyanda, a virgin planet ripe for settlement. It’s about 30% of the way in. The second is towards the end of the book when there’s a stand-off between Cara and Ben on one side and Ari van Blaiden and his henchman, Craike, on the the other. In the book it’s a frozen moment immediately before everything goes pear-shaped for our heroes.
That led to thinking about detailed descriptions of the characters, which mostly I avoid in the text, trying to give enough detail to let each reader paint a picture in their mind. (It won’t be the same picture for everyone, of course.)
I’m not one of those authors who bases a character on a specific actor and has an image in mind from the start. My characters grow organically (in looks and personality) as I find out more about them by writing their story. So I spent several hours trawling the web (Pinterest rocks!) for images that fit what my characters have become.
Then I had to isolate the scenes and write up detailed descriptions of people, places, equipment and spaceships to send to my editor, so I’ve been busy this weekend. Tomorrow we’ve scheduled some phone time to talk before a publisher’s marketing meeting later this week.