I know I just rather recently expressed my love for my graphic designer and how amazing she makes all my books, so I’ll try to keep this from just being yet another love-fest for Amanda Obenhoffer and her cover-creating skills.
Instead, I’ll talk about how weird it is to do a photo shoot for my book covers.
If you’ve checked out The Legend of Buddy Hero, you may have noticed a blurry face in the background of the cover image that looks a little familiar. That’s right, yours truly was convinced to take the place of the man drinking alone…who may or may not be Buddy Hero himself. I’ll admit, it was a little weird sitting in for my own character…sitting in for my own book cover, in fact. Don’t get me wrong, the cover is brilliant, I absolutely love it…but it just feels weird to directly put myself in the place of my protagonist, even with the fact that I did that for years as I crafted that book into what it is today.
But what’s even weirder is to wrap up work on The Rise of the Fat Mogul by doing a very similar photo shoot, but by taking the place of the villain instead.
I’m actually quite excited for what Amanda has planned for the cover of book 2 of The Defenders Saga, but I have to admit that I was originally rather skeptical when she asked me if I’d be available to sit in for another shoot. I mean, yeah, the idea that perhaps I’ll sit in as the model for all books with different characters does seem a pretty funny concept, especially once Alexa Rose makes the cover, but it also seems a little…well…self-involved, doesn’t it?
I don’t really care, because I know they’ll all look awesome, just noting the thoughts that went through my head as I attempted to portray my best version of the superpowered mafia boss who is a lot taller and a lot wider than yours truly. Not to mention, he does a bit better of a job of commanding a room than my miniature frame does…but that’s all Amanda’s problem now 🙂
I’m getting pretty excited for this new release, I have to admit. The beta readers all agree that this thing blows The Legend of Buddy Hero out of the water, even if that seems to be the only thing they agree on…
Alright, gotta get back to work, folks. Keep an eye out in tomorrow’s Volume One for a little feature on your favorite author (who writes on this blog). With all that was discussed during the short little time I spent with the folks from the magazine, I have to admit I’m rather curious to see how the piece turns out.
Have fun out there!