FlamesRising.com posted my design notes for THE QUEEN OF CROWS today. I’m sure you’ve all heard me talk about how important the creation process is before; this diatribe delves into the collaboration and the reason why I offered this e-book to you.
Here’s a quote from my notes:
One of the primary goals I have for the myths in my world, is to not be exclusive to one particular ethnic background or another. You will find elements of different world myths in my setting for a few reasons. One, unique cultures fascinate me and two, I would love it if my writing attracted people from all walks of life and all ethnic backgrounds. I hope I never end up as the type of writer who pens stereotypes or shallow remarks, even if it was unintentional. With THE QUEEN OF CROWS, I felt I had a secret that I wasn’t sure I wanted to share. The entire Violet War setting had evolved from a Native American character, who was created while I was catching up on my American history. The question I asked myself was: How do I present the story in a way that relates to my urban fantasy setting without angering people in real life? –SOURCE: Designing THE QUEEN OF CROWS at FlamesRising.com
I hope you get the chance to stop by and check out the rest of my notes. The timing on this is pretty cool, too, because I think the search for a layout artist is finally over. Looks like I’ll be able to offer a print edition for those of you who requested it.