Wandering Knife Update: This Is Why You Hire An Artist

crayon and art side by side

For any writer out there wondering whether or not to hire an artist for their cover design, I present exhibits A and B.

This is my sketch of the cover of Bane of Wolves side by side with the final artwork, created by Olivia Rea. You don’t have to have a degree in fine arts to spot the difference!

I quite literally borrowed my daughter’s crayons to complete my version of Druun the hunter standing in the Yellow Forest. This was what I gave to Olivia, along with some description of the character and story. From there she worked her magic, and I was very pleased with the results. Seeing the characters of your imagination come to life like this is a great thrill.

In Wandering Knife news, the year is drawing to a close, and still no novel. I’m very close to wrapping up Red Harvest Moon but I’m going to have to concede that it won’t be ready until January 2021! Honestly, if I didn’t have anything else to do with my life other than write it would be a piece of cake to get this novel out there. However, with all the usual distractions (job, family, pandemic) it just hasn’t happened.

But it will. In the meantime, if you haven’t picked up your free copy of the prequel novella Bane of Wolves, follow this link to download it straight to your inbox.

Trust me, I write better than I draw.

mileshurt

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