When my publisher introduced me to the artwork of Ryan Downing and said he'd be taking care of the cover for my Captain Quasar novel, I was stoked. Ryan's got mad skillz, and I knew Quasar & Company would be in good hands. What I didn't know was that I'd be invited to offer so much input during the initial stages of the creative process.
Ryan emailed me over half a dozen times to make sure he was going in the right direction with everything from Quasar's expression to the type of gun he carries to his eye color. I sent photos of various actors who could play the parts: for Captain Quasar, it was either Ryan McPartlin or Chris Hemsworth; for Commander Wan, it was Maggie Q or Jolene Blalock; for Hank the Carpethrian, I had in mind a cross between Tars Tarkas and an overweight orangutan. It was an awesome experience, and I couldn't be happier with Ryan's final product.
In other news, Loni Townsend tagged me in the Paying It Forward Blogfest, and I get to answer a few questions about my writing: What am I working on? Currently halfway through edits on a time-traveling detective novel and posting Trouble on the Range episodes. How does my work differ from others of its genre? I try to add humor whenever possible. Why do I write what I write? I can't help myself. I have stories to tell, and I want to share them with as many readers as possible. How does my writing process work? The first draft is a sloppy copy; I just vomit it out and clean it up later. I start with the characters and see where they want to take me. During revisions, the story comes together; during edits, the writing itself is polished up.
Your turn. Pick one of those questions and post your answer in the comments below. Inquiring minds...