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...
Concept art by Kaelin Twede
Isn't it lovely? I absolutely love seeing this story translated into so many different artistic mediums. And soon I'll get to hear what YOU think! That is by far the most exciting aspect to me. For those of you who may be wondering what my book is all about, here is the synopsis of Shattered Snow:
In 2069, time-travel is restricted to observation and research. But Keltson Grammar doesn’t mind breaking a few laws. Known only as "The Mirror", Keltson runs an underground empire that rescues unfortunate souls throughout history. However, a single misstep could send an entire agency to reinstate his clients to their original dismal fates.
Lilia Vaschenko is a Russian mechanic surrounded by cinderblock towers, ladders she cannot climb, and a glass ceiling that holds her down like a casket. She'll do anything to escape--- even work for the world's most wanted renegade.
Margaretha is a young countess, destined to be poisoned at twenty-one. But when she discovers a mysterious mirror in the woods that transforms the world into shadows and ice, her future shatters. Chased from her familiar home, will she ever find where she truly belongs?
Shattered Snow is a YA science-fiction retelling of Snow White. It is based on the real-life history of Margaretha von Waldeck, a sixteenth-century countess that may have inspired the Grimm brothers’ fairy tale.
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I always try to find ways to celebrate milestones, and one of my traditions is that once I finish a manuscript, I purchase a necklace to represent my efforts. Some of them include a jinni's lamp, the Liahona, a crystal ball, and now my favorite new mirror pendant!
For those of you wondering what comes next, I just began queries on a short story fairy-tale retelling, and am slated to begin drafting the sequel for Nanowrimo! If you are doing Nanowrimo too, shoot us a message and the girls at Writing Through Brambles would love to buddy up!
We're all writers, we're all moms, writing our way through the "brambles" of life and our stories.