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Friday, 28 March 2014

Book 4... Developing nicely

Day off work and I have been working hard writing book number 4.
Can't reveal too much but I am quite excited about the way it is developing.
It's a collection of short stories...  With a homely theme to them.
I hope to have it all complete by October.
Cover concept out to the designer already...  I feel this keeps me focused seeing the end product before its complete...  Just my way of working.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Killer Thriller

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Friday, 14 March 2014

Designing the cover for Legally Lucky

My first book,  Legally Lucky was finally finished.
The next phase in transition from the author of factual health care and research to fiction was nearly completed.  All that was left was to design a cover for it.
I had ideas but not sure how to apply them so I turned to my eldest son Paul.  He is a talented graphics designer as well as an engineer so recruited him in to help his old man...  Me!

I wanted a cover to show lots of money strewn around a room but with someone in manacles or handcuffs.
Little did I know this was going to be such a problem..  How do I obtain a pair of handcuffs?  Is anybody going to believe it's for a photo shoot for a book cover??
God bless Toys R Us...
It was either these plastic ones or try to get arrested!!

Paul then brought his Nikon SLR camera and then asked me for some money..  No,  not to charge me but to throw and kick around our tiled kitchen floor,  then click,  a photo,  another kick,  another click.  After a few of these,  we applied the plastic handcuffs on my wrists as I lay on our kitchen floor.
More clicks and after a few minutes,  we were done.

The next stage of Paul's magic was his photoshoping...
A few minutes later,  lettering and titles.
A total of an hour had gone by and we had construed a cover for my first book.
Genius and home made

Wednesday, 12 March 2014