Today I’m pleased to welcome the much talented cover designer, Anya Kelleye! She has designed really beautiful covers for some of my very dear author friends. 🙂
Simi: Hi, Anya! Welcome!
Anya: Hi, Simi! Thanks for having me on your blog.
Simi: Well, let’s start our ChitChat by telling a little about yourself and how it all started.
Anya: It’s kind of interesting how I started creating cover art. My friend Lauralynn Elliott had published her first book and was getting ready to publish her second. She had designed her own first cover but wasn’t really happy with it and was talking about her new one and trying to decide what to do with it. She had an image she liked that she wanted to use so I told her to send it to me, and I would play around with it and see what I could come up with. So messing around in Microsoft Word and playing with the fonts I came up with a design for Club Blood. Lauralynn loved it. When she got ready to publish her next book, I worked on that one and then the next and then the next. Still all in using Word. LOL Then I discovered a design program and I’ve been using that ever since. Started picking up some more authors that saw Lauralynn’s covers and it’s built from there. So I started attending some book conventions and picked up more clients. I have loved every minute of it!
Simi: Do you design only book covers?
Anya: No, I also design art for marketing materials as well, such as business cards, bookmarks, web graphics for website, blogs and Facebook covers.
Simi: Do you design for a specific genre?
Anya: I do not limit myself to a specific genre. I enjoy reading and designing for all genres! I don’t want to be stuck with just one.
Simi: I want to have an idea about the process. Can you share it with us, please? 🙂
Anya: Well, with book covers, it’s mostly I will have an author contact me through my website or through Facebook. I basically have them send me what kind of idea they might have for their cover already or if they are not sure to send me a synopsis of their book along with character descriptions and perhaps a favorite scene in their book. Then I look for images that perhaps will go along with their ideas, genre, etc. I do a mock-up of a cover and send it to them and then we go from there. I like to create a relationship with my author to know what works best for them. I like for them to have the best cover they can, so sometimes there maybe be several conversations and changes and sometimes the first draft I come up with is spot on and just needs a few tweaks.
Simi: Have you done any course for the designing purpose or it comes naturally to you?
Anya: No courses, just lots of experience with designing things. Whether it be cover art, decorating for events, crafting designs (I also design jewelry and flower arrangements and wreaths, etc).
Simi: Checking reviews is simply not my thing to pick up my next read. I personally pick up a book when I get attracted toward the cover. What are your views on the importance of having a good book cover?
Anya: I think a well-designed book cover is very important. It is the first step in marketing your book, whether it is on a shelf, in a bookstore or on the screen of an online bookstore. It’s the first thing a reader sees and you want it to grab their attention. You want them to be intrigued to find out more about it.
Simi: Pick some of your favorite designs and tell us the inspiration behind them.
Anya: Hmmm….favorites. I like them all actually. Sort of like children, you can’t favor one over the others. The inspirations all come from the books that the authors pen. I just try to give a visual storytelling experience.
Simi: Please give us the link where interested authors can find your pre-made covers.
Anya: Well, I don’t have premade covers at this time. I have been too busy creating custom designs to be able to make any. LOL But you can find me at the following places:
Facebook (profile page): fb.com/Anya.Kelleye
Facebook (like page): fb.com/AnyaKelleyeDesigns
Simi: Thanks for spending time with us and for creating such mesmerizing covers. I adore each one of them. Keep up the good work! 🙂
Anya: Thank you sooo much for inviting me. I have enjoyed my visit here.
Anya Kelleye Designs