Cover design by Ashley Literski
The cover for Shattered Snow has finally arrived! Last week, I held a facebook live event on my facebook author page revealing this beautiful piece of art by Ashley Literski. I can't believe that in just a few short weeks I'll be able to hold this book in my hands! Everything comes at me so quickly these days, (pre-sale starts this week) and the learning curve is steeper than ever. Immortal Works has been an amazing publisher, and I've appreciated every step of this journey with them.
Handing over the concept to a graphic designer and seeing her visually interpret my story is amazing. Ashley asked about my characters, common visual themes, preferences, etc. She took everything I gave her and compiled it into this beautiful cover that subtly represents all three of my POV characters. It's the kind of thing I expect people to turn back after the story and go "ooooh! It's even more meaningful now!". She did a wonderful job.
Next, I am working with the illustrator for interior art that is absolutely breathtaking. While I can't show you it yet---I can show you some of her concept art...
I wrote my first children's play in high school. It was about a little boy who found a watermelon and imagined it was a dinosaur egg. A nosy neighbor girl insisted it was a 'plain ol' melon' which caused the boy to doubt his sense of imagination. In a final climax, the two fought over the fruit and in the scuffle lost control as it rolled down a hill. The girl gave up on it, but when the boy finally found the cracked rind, he was able to find value in the 'ruined' melon by imagining the dinosaur inside had hatched and he resumed his game to find it.
My theater teacher chose my script to be performed in class. As I watched two actors portray the children, I realized the magic of script writing. The actors enhanced my story by adding vocal inflections, movement, and props. They used my creativity as a point to jump off from and created something all their own.
Now, I'm writing a full length musical. It's a bigger task, but the rewarding memory from high school keeps me chasing the dream. I've been working on this collaborative project for over a year now and I am amazed at how often script writing skills reflect on my career as a novelist. Here are a few reasons why I think you should try writing a stage play.
What do writing and a good workout have in common? More than you might think. Both can feel immensely rewarding. Both release positive endorphins and serve as fantastic coping mechanisms. Most of all, they can both be exhausting but need to be done often anyways to maintain progress.
Whether you are training for a marathon or preparing to write a novel, you have decided to settle in for the long run.
A friend of mine just ran a half marathon. She trained by running a set of miles daily: 3 miles the first week, 4 miles the second, and so on until she could run 13.5 miles, no sweat. Each Saturday she pushed a little harder by adding 3 extra miles to that day’s run. The idea was to beat complacency and force herself to improve by kicking it into high gear for a small amount of time. NaNoWriMo is like that Saturday run, right? Every day we train by writing a set amount, whether it’s 15 minutes or 1500 words. But NaNoWriMo comes around and we stock up on snacks, and sit our butts in the seat and write faster than we've ever written before.
NaNoWriMo looms just around the corner and like any training, the potential for fatigue will come with it. How can you prepare for the fatigue so that it will not hinder your progression?
Dacia: I’m a mom of two under five and a ten-year Army veteran. I served in Baghdad ER on one of my two combat tours. My emergency medical knowledge lends itself well to writing action.
R: Wow! That's really amazing! What was it like working in the ER?
D: It was like the best worst time of my life. I actually blocked much from memory. I am only just recently starting to look back on events versus emotions, but it helps that the emotions attached to those memories aren’t negative. There is much pride and a sense of personal growth I still feel when I do talk about it. And a bit of surreal-ness to think that I came out of it with minimal trauma.
We're all writers, we're all moms, writing our way through the "brambles" of life and our stories.