About Me

Working as a cover artist for Imzadi Publishing is both rewarding and challenging.  I have the privilege of reading truly amazing stories by wonderful authors long before anyone else and I have the freedom to let my imagination roam where it will when creating covers for these stories.  I am often asked how I came up with the cover?  What inspired me? What was I thinking? Well, here I’m going to answer those questions on my Book Covers page!

Having been inspired by the authors I’ve read I have also decided to attempt my own hand at writing. My first foray into story-telling is “Only In A Dream”, from time-to-time I will post chapters…I would love to hear what you think about it.

This is also my space to review these books I love, both in written and in audio-book form and in addition to that I will throw in some movie reviews as well.

If you happen to be a new author and would like an honest review get in touch with me…send me your book. I will be happy to read it and provide an honest review for you…free of charge, naturally. Just send me a quick message through my contact page.

Oh, if you happen to be an author looking for a publisher, check out Imzadi Publishing, they are always looking for new authors and of course if you need a cover artist I love a good challenge and am always willing to work with the author to make their cover come alive. I am confident we can work together to create the perfect cover for your book.

12 Responses to About Me

  1. susy lewis says:

    yes I would like you to very much and you have my email

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  2. susy lewis says:

    you are a great writer,artist.all the way round you have so many abilities .

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  3. Hi Anita, finally had time to read the chapters of “Only in A Dream.”
    A couple of things: This wonderful idea and concept; and don’t take anything you read here personally. These are just observations, things to consider, not me as an author saying, This is how I would write this story.

    OK, taking Tegan out of her element of everyday life and tossing her into a clearly strange world of Scotland is a great idea and feeds the whole “romance novel” versus real life angle. Something to play off.
    I think there is an opportunity for some real humor here, which could be developed through contrasting writing styles. For example, Her first few moments on the initial ride through the countryside could be written in the overblown style of a romance novel, and then something happens – maybe she falls off the horse or feels lost and she comes to her senses and the prose changes to more reflect her own sensibilities and observations.
    I think that was what you were suggesting with the brief dream sequence when she fell asleep in the ruin.
    The question I have is this: Who is Tegan? She seems to be an independent woman escaping a bad husband, but she seems almost passive when her boss offers the trip and even more passive when the horse ride is arranged. An acting teacher might demand: What is her motive?
    We don’t step away from our pasts as cleanly as we think: Something always lingers. With the husband I thought there was a little too much tell, rather than show. How about a short, climactic scene capsulizing that?
    I say that because I suspect that Tegan is going to show some (unexpected?) and necessary mettle because it appears you have placed her in peril at the end of chapter 2.
    I’ll say this, though. There’s a lot of set-up in the first chapter and a half which could be combined, maybe by using it as the time-spender on the flight to Scotland.
    Had two thoughts: Because the trip is hurridly arranged, she brings the romance novel she is editing on the flight, which could set off the in-flight dream sequence, and showed her dedication and professionalism; and the comparison of her own home setting with the Scottish home gives her a chance to gather herself, to catch her breath and provide some context for that appears to be a not-your-average time in the Scottish countryside.
    So, take all this with a grain of salt. It’s your story and you know how you want to develop it.
    Thanks for the opportunity to read it.
    MSD

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    • Thanks for the feedback! I will certainly take it into consideration. This is my fledgling attempt so I know there’s quite a bit of room for improvement and I will be rewriting chapters and tweaking for some time to come.

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      • You’re welcome. But don’t over think it. You know your story. When I wrote my first two novels (the bad ones) I just crammed the story through the typewriter and didn’t think about sequencing, plot development or style. That comes with practice, and you’ll get it.

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      • I have had several people tell me to just write…don’t overwork. I try too…but there’s some OCD gremlin that just won’t allow me to write further until I am comfortable with a chapter. I am working on that though.

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      • We each develop our own style… first the act of writing has to become muscle memory…sit down hammer out some sentences just to get started and past the notion of writer’s block. but the analysis and development process changes as the story develops… sometimes I write several chapters in sequence, but others I’ll write in a separate file, and insert them later…for example, in the very first draft of :A GAME CALLED DEAD” the scene with Leonard recalling the break-in opened the book, and avout eight or so pages later, Leonard and Frank were walking along the sidewalk and the whole Martha and Frank in High School sequence took place. IOn the final version, that once long scene was broken up into separate pieces because by the time I had revised the book, the scenes had both different purposes and different meanings. There is no one right way. What I think happens is that as you become more comfortable as a writer, and more comfortable with your ability to craft a story, you change methods accordingly.

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      • That makes perfect sense. I’ve sat down and written a couple if chapters as well that were completely out of sequence…but that’s what inspired me at the time. This certainly us a learning process.

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  4. Exactly…sometime you have to write a scene, but don’t want to insert it in the overall story just yet, and other times you have a scene but are not sure where it should go,. if at all… and then sometimes you write the end of the story and then aim for it… That’s what I did with SWAMPS… maybe half-way through the writing, I wrote the end piece and used that as a target…might do that again with THE WEIGHT OF LIVING…I know the ending, so I might just wri
    te a version now and tweak it later…

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