The Creative Fire, the first “Ruby’s Song” book, is available for pre-order (link below). Â It actually has been for a little bit, but I wanted to hold off until I had permission to show off the absolutely amazing art by John Picacio. Â I have been blessed over and over by the cover fairy. Â This time, I am triple blessed:
- John did a beautiful piece of art (central image now the header on my website). Â I can’t use words to describe the art; it’s better than words.
- He Â communicated really well with me. Â The first time he called I almost fell off the sidewalk. Â I remember it very specifically. Â Nancy Kress and I were waiting to get into a set of Â short animated films on the Ave in Seattle and there was a ton of background noise; my finger was stuck in my free ear so I could hear John. Â I have never had an artist call me. Â Clearly, he had read the book.
- He brought my heroine to life. Â For my Clarion West writeathon run, I’m finishing the first draft of the second book. Â I am now using a copy of the art as a muse when I get stuck. Â I can look at her and think, “Now, Ruby, really. Â What would you do if….?”‘
I realize there is no cover in this post or on the sidebar to the right. Â I’m still waiting for the final complete cover design. Â So that will come. Â But in the meantime, I do now have permission to talk about the art. Â If you follow one of the links below you can see the draft cover, and the whole piece of art.
Ever since I first saw John’s art, I wanted to have him do a cover for me some day. Â As soon as I met Lou Anders, I wanted him for an editor. Â I’m really happy.
The Creative Fire can be admired for its artwork (and pre-ordered if you would like your very own copy!) at Amazon.com and at Barnes and Noble. Â The Barnes and Noble link has a better shot of the cover.
A snip of text can be found on my Clarion West write-a-thon sponsor page, and sponsors can follow along in my adventures.
More on the Creative Fire to come.