I’m delighted today to introduce you to my cover designer. Ordinarily, I’d be cackling and keeping her to myself, but apparently that’s very cruel, so I thought instead, I’d share a bit about her with you and let you pop on over and check out her pre-mades (feel free to click on the image, it’ll take you to her pre-made store!)
I met Renée just before I graduated in 2011. I was looking for someone to do a cover for Glass Block, and had finally decided to take the plunge. Googling and scouting around on groups got me a grand total of zero – I couldn’t see any artists that appealed to me. LOTS of great artists, but no one that spoke to me. And then I saw Renée’s work and I decided to take a shot on working with her, reasoning that the worst that would happen was I’d discover I was crappy at explaining the elements of my story for my cover and I’d have a great cover anyway (and banned from asking her again!).
Renée took a really vague description and the blurb (I think it went something like ‘police badge, gun if you can manage it, and they’re running around a maze made of glass) and made this….
Yes, she did the impossible. She made a cover that actually sums up the WHOLE book (well, I thought it was impossible – I thought I was going to always want to change something about my covers….)
And she didn’t stop there…
Renée hasn’t done all of my covers, but she’s completed or given me pre-mades that fit all bar four of my books. Those four I grabbed because the pre-mades were just too good to pass up.
She’s also one of my best friends – it’s really great to meet someone that you really connect with online and I’m blessed that I did when I met Renée. She’s the core of my little band of important people, on and off Facebook, so I wanted to share her genius with y’all – readers, because I want you to know I’m in good hands with all of her designs, and writers because pre-made or custom designed, The Cover Counts is the best place for you to go.
But, if that wasn’t enough….
Renée also recently founded a project called the Cover Art Collective. Which is where my little pre-made addiction might have *cough* started. She’s supportive of writers (whether they’re her clients or not), our collective at the Alexandria Publishing Group (where she designs covers for a lot of us!) and other cover artists. Instead of seeing them as competition, she’s set up a place where they can interact, learn from one another and take part in little pre-made cover competitions. It’s absolutely amazing to see how wonderful and nurturing and supportive she is.
Why I’m sharing all of this…
I’ve had a lot of people ask me lately where I get my covers. And so, instead of keeping Renée’s genius all to myself (and trust me, if I could afford to pay her just to do my stuff, I would!), I thought I’d share far and wide.
So, go check out the links below, and if you’re in the market for cover art of any kind, have a peruse. Be aware though that some of the pre-mades have the effect, not just on me, to suddenly and spontaneously create stories to go with them in your head, so you may discover a couple of new stories to tell while being inspired by her artwork.
D Kai Wilson- Viola is a prolific and often intensely fun writer. Her favorite genres are Sci-Fi, where her Darkness series is set, Fantasy, where she writes up actual play from RPGs she never got to run, urban fantasy, mostly inspired by her bad idea bear (aka her partner, Tempus, and mental health advocacy, as she’s got a raft of diagnoses, none of them particularly pleasant, but none that tend to hold her down for long either
When not writing, and still *thinking* about writing often enough to get caught out, Kai can be found training with her beloved at the Ludosport Academy they belong to, hanging out with family and friends gaming, or enjoying exploring parts of the world they’ve got access to at the time.
A nature and animal lover, Kai is a writer because she has to, because she loves it, and because it’s fun. She is the mother of two cats, two adults and lives in the Cotswolds, UK, with her beloved.