Tag: Brianna Schretlen.

The leaves are turning, the nights are longer, and the autumn chill has settled in. This is absolutely, by far my most favorite time of year!

But this year is a little more special… Because my writing tends to be on the eerie side of things, I’ve been asked to help judge a most ghoulish, pet inspired, short story contest. Being an animal enthusiast and writing addict, I jumped at the chance to help out with this

So here’s what you need to know to enter…

 

The contest is open for entries right now. Both Canadian and US residents can enter! What the prize you ask? Not one, but two pet portraits! One normal and one Zombiefied!

Go to http://www.bripetportraits.com/contests

And share with us your TRUE tale of something your pet has done! Has your pet exhibited weird, mysterious, even silly behaviors? Or has left you terrible tricks or treats? Write it down and tell us about it! Your entry will be judged on four categories: 1) How awesome it is, 2) Humor, 3) Depiction of your pet’s personality and 4) Creativity.

Your entry can be up to 1,000 words.

(Now to say that all again in French.)

Partagez votre histoire vraie de quelque chose que votre animal a fait! Si votre animal présente, comportements stupides mystérieux étranges ou vous a laissé des tours ou des friandises terribles puis écrire tout cela ici! Votre entrée sera jugée sur quatre catégories: 1) Fantastic, 2) Humour, 3) représente la personnalité de votre animal et 4) Créativité.

Votre entrée peut être jusqu’à 1000 mots.

Good Luck!

Have a happy and safe Halloween everyone!

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So I’ve written a book! Now all I need is a book cover that sums up the whole thing in just one image. Ha! A lot easier said then done, as many of you might know.

I had an idea in my head of what I wanted for my cover but didn’t have the talent to do it myself. So, having worked in the media industry, I reconnected with a former coworker to help me out. After explaining my story, my friend Brianna Schretlen signed on for the challenge. She’d never done a novel cover before but hey, neither had I. Her years of graphic design knowledge shone through with ever draft she produced. Some of you  have seen my finished cover but I wanted to show how that cover came to be.

For starters, it defiantly helped  the whole cover design process that my Brianna read my book not once, but twice. (That’s dedication for you!) We both agreed that the cover should depict as least one of the white spirit animals talked about in the book. There was a white deer, white bear and a white crow. The animal associated most  with the main character was the white deer.

Here are a few of her first drafts. Although beautiful, they did not make the cut.

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I loved the images of the white deer, the contrast between black and white, and the silhouette of a faded totem pole.  Figuring out how to put all those images together was another challenge. So back to the drawing board!

Round two of cover design.

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Sticking with the deer theme, Bri come up with these covers . The upside down deer was a little to ‘Hitchcock’. The full face was really nice but, I didn’t like the shading on it’s face. Cover three didn’t do much for me. And cover four, it was nice but a little dark and busy.

So, round three… The final cover! A seamless integration of the white deer, shadow and hint of a totem. I also like  it’s monochromatic  color scheme with it’s eyes matching the color of the title. I  can’t wait to see it wrapped around 400 pages of YA fiction!

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Brianna is now working on my kiosk displays, promotional materials, illustrating the graphic novel prequel to Harmless, and the Harmless book trailer. I’d recommend her to any author looking for polished professional images for their books.