Hi and hello! Today, I have with me a few special guests to speak with from my book, Komplex Sinplicities. Let’s see, we have with us Aldwin, from The Game, Carly, from No More Apart, Stephen, from The Unwelcomed Guest, and Amberly, from The Cereal Thief. Let’s get started!
KR: Ok! So, in no particular order, let’s start with Carly. Hello, Carly!
Carly: Hi! How are you?
KR: I’m good! I’m good! Welcome! And thank you for joining us today!
Carly: Thank you! Glad to be here!
KR: No problem! So, uh, in the story, No More Apart, you played a wife who had a beautiful life ahead of her and was brutally murdered.
Me: Wanna tell us how you felt about playing that part?
Carly: Well, you wrote it, of course, but it was actually pretty intense! Robert (no offense, Robert!) is a scary looking guy. So when he came after me to do the rape thing, most of that, from me, wasn’t acting. It was for real!
KR: Well, you weren’t suppose to know what was about to happen. We needed that raw emotion for the readers, ya know?
Carly: *chuckles* Yeah, but you could have written me a heads up! That guy is spooky as hell! I thought I was going to have a frick’n heart attack!
KR: Yeah, except you were horrifically mutilated . . . .
Carly: Erm, yes. I was.
KR: Sorry. Just kidding. Well, I feel like you played the role very well. It was a graphic scene between you and Robert!
Carly: Oh, god, no kidding! And poor Johnny getting all smashed up and everything!
KR: The poor guy. *chuckles* He’s a good guy, but who cares, right?
Carly: O-o-oh ho ho ho you’re so mean!
Carly: Harsh, but it is true! At least he didn’t have a guy’s head inside his body! *chuckles*
KR: The joys of being a writer. *laughs* Thanks, Carly! It’s been a pleasure. Next up? Aldwin! Get in here, hero! Aldwin from The Game, everybody!
Aldwin: That would be me, yes. Thank you.
KR: Whatever. So! Quite a show there with the suicide club thing.
Aldwin: I wouldn’t exactly call it a “club”.
KR: No, you wouldn’t. But I would. And I did!
KR: So, Aldwin, what did you think of the part I wrote for you?
Aldwin: Well, since you asked, I think . . .
KR: And where did you find these suicidal club members? How did you get a group of people together . . . that all wanted to . . . kill yourselves?
Aldwin: Um, it’s called fiction. It wasn’t real, Kyran.
KR: Yes, it was. Fiction, I mean.
Aldwin: It was a funny story though.
KR: That happens to be my opinion, also! Wow! We have so much in common!
Aldwin: No, I don’t . . .
KR: Thank you Aldwin! It was great having you here so I could waste your time!
Aldwin: Wasting the readers’ time . . . .
KR: Oh, yeah? You want to bring that attitude to the table? You just wait until after this interview, and see how I kill you off this time! *clears throat* Right! So! Let’s all give a big round of applause to our next guest, Stephen!
Stephen: Hey, Kyran!
KR: Hey, Stephen! How’s that trigger finger?
Stephen: *chuckles* Well, it’s better now! But you damn near broke it when you had me use that pistol as a damn carpenter’s mallet!
KR: Anyway, Stephen, that role in The Unwelcomed Guest was pretty twisted!
Stephen: Yes, it was rather sick, really.
KR: Yeah, disturbing! So, tell us, how hard was it for you to play that role? I mean, what was your method?
Stephen: I didn’t have a certain method or anything. It was more like me just knowing none of it was real and just moving forward with the scene.
KR: If you had a choice, how would you have written the story differently?
Stephen: Oh! Wow! The author asking the character in his story how they would write the story?
KR/Stephen: *both laugh*
KR: Well, just throw out an idea. Anything!
Stephen: Ok, well, I think I would had made it more clear, in a hinted sort of way, that the family’s house I went to wasn’t my actual family, you know?
KR: But then the ending would’ve been spoiled for the readers!
Stephen: Well, you asked. *chuckles*
KR: Ha! Ha! Yes I did. Thank you, Stephen. Our last guest played more of a supporting role, but she was fantastic nonetheless! Let’s bring in Amberly! Hello, Amberly!
Amberly: *smiling* Hi!
KR: Amberly, you played an annoyed older sister who was just . . . bored with life, bored with the world, bored with . . .
Amberly: Bored with being held hostage!
KR: Indeed! Yes! Like you get held hostage every other day or something.
KR: You played the part good, I think, but you don’t seem like the annoyed type?
Amberly: *more laughing* No, I’m not, but it seems to be my thing, so I just go along with it. I’m actually a happy-go-lucky sort of chick.
KR: Yeah, I get that from you! So, tell us, what did you like most about the story?
Amberly: Oh, gosh! What did I not like? I absolutely loved Brynn! She kept me rolling! Like, I mean, how many times did you have to stop typing because the story fell apart because of her?
KR: *laughs* She was a hoot, for sure!
Amberly: But, seriously, I also liked the other characters, too. And the names you came up with for those cereals? OMG! *laughs*
KR: Oh, the cereals! *laughs* Did you ever eat any of them?
Amberly: No! But I so-o-o wanted to try them!
KR: To be honest? So did I! *chuckles* So, thank you, Amberly! It was a pleasure having you in my book! Maybe we can do a part two to the story in the future?
Amberly: I would very much like to do a sequel! And thank you, too!
KR: You’re most welcome! So, that’s all the time we have today. I’d like to thank you for visiting my website. I hope, if you have read Komplex Sinplicities, that you have enjoyed it, and, if not, then you can go here to grab a copy for yourself.
I’d like to hear from you guys, so drop me a line! I may not be able to reply to all of them, but I will certainly read them. And as always, have an awesome day!
I know, in terms of traditional book publishing, there is an arsenal of people that take an authors manuscript and turn it into the finished product we see on the shelf.
Sometimes they change bits of the story in a way that will sell more books, and the original title may even get changed for much of the same reason.
The cover of the book may have been one of thirty or more possibilities before being decided upon. All of this work goes into getting the most out of a book so that it makes a lot of sales.
In the world of the Indie author, this team of professionals isn’t available; making the author, not only the author, but the editor, publisher, graphics designer, marketing agent, and so forth.
Also, a word about covers, self publishers have the access to sites that specialize in book covers for a fee. these covers are well thought up, well made, and often look like they came from a big publishing house.
But I like taking a more hands on approach. I’m no graphic designer, and certainly no where the level as many of the Photoshopers out there, but I can do enough to make an interesting picture or two.
To be honest, some of my more cooler pictures I’ve done turned out the way they did by total accident. I start playing around and eventually I get this nifty picture. It’s fun. I enjoy doing it.
So I make my own book covers. My best and most favorite is a picture I did that I’ll be using for one of my current WIPS (Work In Progress). Want a hint: There’s a bird on it. You’ll know it when you see it.
For Komplex Sinplcities, which I’m finishing adding content to before going into the long editing process, you’ll see a red background with wavy lines and a symbol in the middle of the cover.
The wavy lines was one of those accidents I told you about. the original idea was to have just a solid red background with the title and name in black and nothing else.
But that’s where the symbol came in. I wanted to add a simple, yet unique, item to the cover without it getting too busy. I thought long and hard on the title and tried to let my mind brainstorm with itself.
Then one day, I had the idea to put a bio-hazard sign on the front. I decided on this because people associate the sign with death, darkness, fear, maybe chaos, confusion, and so on.
But that wasn’t enough. It fit the “Komplex” part of the title, but it didn’t fit in with the “Sinplicities” part of it. More time went by before the idea of adding pitchforks came to me.
Crossing the pitchforks was the first thing I thought of doing, so I did this and placed them over the bio-hazard sign. That didn’t look right. So then I moved them underneath the bio sign. Still wasn’t sitting quite right with me.
Then the idea of separating the forks and placing them on either side of the bio symbol hit me. I did this and tilted the prongs at an angle, but, like the other ideas, it was too space consuming and busy in the picture.
So I thought on it some more. And the idea to cross them and put them in the bio-hazard sign hit me. I did this and angled them and stretched them so they fit evenly.
Presto! There it was! I had my symbol.
As for the title, Komplex Sinplicities, along with the other WIP I mentioned earlier, actually started back when I was in high school over twenty years ago.
Being it was so long ago, I couldn’t tell you now exactly how I got the idea for the title other than I wanted something unique. Complex Simplicities seemed pretty fitting, but it didn’t have that “feel” I was looking for.
I needed something that (mostly) my generation could associate with. So I changed a couple of letters and knew the words I was looking at was to be my book title. And after all these years, it has remained so.
The cover itself, once I decided on the main look of it, has gone through many subtle changes. In terms of marketing and sales, there’s probably a version or two that would do better than the one I settled on, but oh well.
But there ya have it! An in-the-nutshell look at how I came up with the cover to my upcoming book: Komplex Sinplicities.
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