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Epic Fantasy Cover Illustration

Epic Fantasy Cover Illustration

I recently had an enquiry from an author who has written a fantasy novel, and was looking for fantasy cover illustration ideas. Epic fantasy is one of those genres where the audience has rather specific expectations of the kind of cover the book will have, so you either need to…

Author Insights: Six of the Best with JD Smith

Author Insights: Six of the Best with JD Smith

Jane Dixon-Smith, known as JD Smith in the writing world, inhabits a space that almost exactly mirrors my own. By day, she’s a highly successful graphic designer, specialising in book jacket design. But in her spare time, JD Smith puts her fingers on the keyboard and taps out splendid novels.…

Author Insights: Six of the Best with Clare Flynn

Author Insights: Six of the Best with Clare Flynn

Many thanks to fellow south coast author Clare Flynn for agreeing to participate in my Author Insights series. I first met Clare online via the Alliance of Independent Authors (see link top right above) and subsequently discovered she now lives not far away in lovely Eastbourne, a place I know…

Author Insights: Six of the best with Pippa DaCosta

Author Insights: Six of the best with Pippa DaCosta

I’m delighted to welcome Pippa DaCosta to my online home. I first met Pippa at the London Book Fair earlier this year, where I was struck by her huge energy, enthusiasm, intelligence and good humour—she may not be very tall, but she is a towering talent, as her USA Today successes…

Author Insights: Six of the Best with Keith Dixon

Author Insights: Six of the Best with Keith Dixon

The next willing victim of the series is crime writer Keith Dixon. Keith has worked as a proofreader, a copywriter, an editor and a creator of online content for training organizations. For a while he worked as an organizational psychologist, running training courses for a variety of well-known companies. A Yorkshireman by birth, Keith Dixon then lived in…

Author Insights: Six of the Best with JJ Marsh

Author Insights: Six of the Best with JJ Marsh

This week, I welcome JJ Marsh to my little corner of the web. JJ Marsh is a founder member of Triskele Books, European correspondent for Words with JAM magazine, co-edits Swiss literary hub The Woolf and is a reviewer for Bookmuse. Jill grew up in Wales, Africa and the Middle East, where her curiosity for…

Author Insights: Six of the Best with Alison Morton

Author Insights: Six of the Best with Alison Morton

Welcome to Alison Morton, author of the acclaimed Roma Nova series. I first met Alison at an indie author festival in London, where she surprised everyone by revealing a stick the same length as a Roman gladius that she keeps for inspiration. As a martial artist, I got quite excited about this, which shows…

Author Insights: Six of the Best with A D Starrling

Author Insights: Six of the Best with A D Starrling

This week, I’m delighted to introduce you to A D Starrling, who splits her time between writing thrillers and being a highly qualified and experienced Neonatal Intensive Care doctor! Her path into the world of indie publishing is both impressive and inspiring – it certainly proves that it’s possible to build…

Author Insights: Six of the best with Piers Alexander

Author Insights: Six of the best with Piers Alexander

I’m so pleased that author and serial entrepreneur Piers Alexander has agreed to be my second victim for this new series on the blog which has already attracted a great deal more attention than anything else I’ve ever done on this site. (There’s a lesson right there…) I first encountered Piers…

Author Insights: Six of the Best with Roz Morris

Author Insights: Six of the Best with Roz Morris

I’m delighted to welcome Roz Morris to be the first author to subject themselves to my questioning on the blog. I’ve known Roz for a few years now and her skills span editing, music  and horse riding as well as writing. She’s a fellow member of the Alliance of Independent…

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