I am an adventure-loving author with interests in science and literary fiction. I discovered I wanted to be an author when I was eleven years old. It took more than a few years to get there, and on the way I followed the great Harlan Ellison's advice and worked in all kinds of jobs, meeting all kinds of people. I have a university degree in English Literature, and concentrated on novel studies. In publishing, I have worked as a legal editor and an author's representative. I have very eclectic … Read More about About Elaine Jemmett
Here’s what I’m working on now . . .
The Black King has just been released and either is currently for sale, or will be very shortly (depending on the retailer). This second book in The Yusan Chronicles Series is a much longer, far more complex book than I thought I was going to write. It’s shorter than The Legacy and the Lion, but still a fairly long book. There’s a lot more conflict in this book and the psychological drama is far more intense. Readers will learn a lot more about the main characters, and about Yusay. I’m hoping they will find it an excellent read.
About the Cover(s)
I went back and forth with different cover designs. The series doesn’t fit neatly into a genre, which makes cover choice hard. The dark gray fabric version was the first draft cover I was considering. I had read that you should try to have a consistent theme for the covers in a series, so they look connected. That sounded great, and I started thinking I would use the idea of the flowing fabric as the connecting element for the series theme. Since King Gar wears a charcoal gray cloak, I came up with this idea, so I would at least have an image I could put up on the website.
But then I had a “waiiiit a minute” minute. I am planning for the series to focus on about five main characters, and not all of them wear cloaks. I saw myself virtually painted into a corner by this whole different cloak color idea. So, back to the old drawing board.
I dawdled my way through about six or seven other concepts and finally narrowed it down to these two.
I really like concept number five the best, mostly because I like the look of it, but also because it is very symbolic of the story. Plus, anyone browsing the science fiction section who comes across Cover 3 is likely going to think the book is in the wrong section and not give it a second glance.
Concept 5 is more science-fictiony, but anyone hoping for a really futuristic science fiction story is going to be surprised when they find themselves in a stone palace with characters using bows and swords and penfeathers and guzzling grapewine.
So I settled on Concept 5, then had a look at it in eBook format and thought it was just too visually confusing. I finally settled for updating Concept 3. I changed the outline of King Gar to look more like the character and I added the tagline, “The future is a primitive place.” You can find it under the “Books” tab.
So now it’s on to book 3. I have the outline done in rough and need to get a working computer in the quiet corner in which I write. Then it’s off to the races!