From the desk of W. J. Onufer…
Everything’s going forward with all the prep-work necessary to release the next Hadley Price book, titled- Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price: The Short Story Collection Vol. One.
This book, as I’ve mentioned elsewhere, is not a novel-length story. It’s a bunch of Hadley short stories. As such, we’ve added some line drawings throughout the book to embelish on the tales. Keith Wood, the talented artist who has done all prior Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price book covers, is also doing those line drawings as well as a full color book cover for this.
Keith and I had one of our share-screen, work-update Skype convos last night, to check-in with each other on the progress of this project. Me in Chicopee, Mass. and he in Clarksville, Tenn.
It’s interesting to see how a writer and an artist think in a situation like this. I had very definite ideas on what I wanted in terms of something visual in this book and the overall gestalt of that. Several times in the Skype convos we’ve had in our work on this project, Keith brought to my attention that some of my ideas just weren’t that good. To his credit, he was tactful about it. In retrospect, I wouldn’t have blamed him if he laughed in my face at some of the lame illustration ideas I had. Instead, he pro-actively made some suggestion that didn’t occur to me. There’s all the difference in the world on how a writer thinks visually and how an artist and graphics person professional thinks visually. Yes, Keith changes a lot of things from my original ideas and has altered my gestalt on this. In a very good way.
Without giving any spoilers, I had an idea for an illustration for one of the short stories that has zombies in it. And frankly, I was kind of vague about it. Now Hadley’s a small woman. She’s petite. Keith came up with an idea for that short story that was different than mine. He wanted to show Hadley as the little hottie, all sexy and cute. Now hot, sexy and cute where the farthest things from my mind in a Vampire-zombie story. But when he showed me the rough pencil sketch, I had to admit, his idea was right on. He pointed out that the story was scary, but there’s also an element of humor in it. And Hadley looking cute-sexy in a zombie setting totally worked for that humor element.
So lesson learned. You may have written the damn book, but that doesn’t make you a graphics know-it-all -even with your own characters. Listen to your graphics person. They know stuff you don’t. That’s why you brought them in.
Speaking of hot, sexy and cute- here’s a rough pencil sketch Keith did for one of the book’s inside illustrations. (Not the zombie story.) It’s not completed for that hard-line look. That comes later when Keith continues working on it digitally. Now I could have teased you with something like this that showed Hadley bearing her fangs or she knocking someone’s lights out in fight. But no. You get the rough sketch of Hadley’s cute butt. You have to actually purchase the book when it comes out for the fangs-bearing and lights-knocking illustrations.
Hadley takes no offense on this. She finds it flattering and kind of funny. She just reminds you that you can look at her cute butt, but only the Vampire Nathan Hughs gets to touch her cute butt. The only thing worse than pissing-off one Vampire, is pissing-off two Vampires. So no touching.
Until this book’s release, catch-up on all the other Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price novels here-