We have this week with us a very important segment for Erotica - Cover art! Stella Price is here to talk to he. Her bio:
Stella Price has been a model, tour manager, barista and a retail slave, but found her calling in the dual job of both writer and graphic designer. Co-author of over 18 novels and 15 short stories, Stella writes with her sister and best friend, Audra, who lives in Scotland. They are the authors of the only series ever created about Weresnakes, proving that Snakes can be SSSexy. As a graphic designer, she is an award winning cover artist that has worked with several publishers including Mundania Press, Snuff Books, Loose id, Sourcebooks and Phaze books. You can visit her and her sister at www.stellaandaudra.com
1. Tell us how you started off doing cover art: Well I was about a year and a half into my writing career and hated everything I was getting for cover art from my publishers. It seemed to me we were getting half assed covers that the artists weren’t listening to us about. So being that I have a background in art, I learned PSPX and started doing my own. The cover for Fire In His Eyes was the first ever cover I finished.
2. How have covers changed over the years in erotic novels? They are getting more suggestive and less art.
4. What do you feel makes a great cover? The right composition. So many “cover artists” and I use that term loosely, know nothing about composition. The good ones know when it's right.
5. You write as well, does this influence your cover art and vice versa? Yes. I'm a stickler for my own cover art. My cover art HAS to convey what my book is about or it's not worth having something pretty to represent my book.
6. You recently started blogging for WriteSEX – what do you do for them and how will you be adding value to the erotic community as a writer? Apparently I’m their authority on worldbuilding, which is kinda awesome. I have written over 27 books all in worlds that have their own mythologies and rules so I like to think I'm old at it. I'm just excited to be able to share with others what I have learned in the past years since I have started writing.
7. Do you have a routine when you write or create covers? No. It’s pretty much just serendipity when I work on covers… writing is a little more tedious because it's not just my head I'm living in, it's my sisters as well…
Stella and Audra Price