The musician known as Prince once changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol. He did not do that just to be different. He did it to pursue his intellectual property rights through the courts.
As an Indie Author who has from the beginning been all about actually doing it all myself (mostly due to total lack of funds for any other option), I have been careful to invent names by researching the meaning and cobbling various names together from tombstones. (I love cemeteries.) I wrote the score for the commercial that is on YouTube. I altered the tiger image from a picture I took of a tiger at a zoo. The images in the books and in the commercial and on the book covers all came from either my own camera or were royalty free images from the internet. The wolf that represents Javier in A Pack Forms is actually a picture of an old dog of mine that was altered for the book.
I admit all this freely because I am guilty of the ridiculous. I walked out to my truck last night and took the rosary from my rear view mirror where it has hung since I bought the Moonlight. I brought it into my office and took pictures of it. So when you see the cover of Draoithe: Synner and Sainte, laugh. I did.
It is not always easy to get the right images. A lot of romance books use images of real people. The ones where the image is black and white with only one other color just for the character's eyes or something is really cool. But that stuff costs money that I don't have. The stories are good even if the images are a bit unorthodox. The next time you see a Draoithe book cover and wonder if it is indeed a paranormal romance. It is. But sometimes the cover goes deeper than a pretty face. The cover on Draoithe: Light and Dark Magic for example is the creek that Blaze rolls up his pants to wade in with Grace. Both Logan and Charlysse pray the rosary in Synner and Sainte. If you have been reading and wondered about the covers, now you know. They are handcrafted one of a kind Ophelia Kee originals designed to pull out some element in the book.
Also, I am seriously trying to avoid stepping on anyone else's toes, intellectually speaking of course. Hats off to all the artists in the world who make life better.
Welcome to Ophelia Kee Speaks. This is a blog chronicling my independent author walk. The journey into the dream has been a life-changing experience as I try to become a full-time writer and leave the professional world behind me. In my blog each day, you will find information on the ‘behind the scenes’ for writing contemporary adult fantasy fiction and paranormal romance stories set in the dream. I will speak on topics detailing with my writing, publishing, promotion, and marketing as well as social media dealing with my books, book trailers, book launches, book art, music, audio, and video, as well as shameless self-promotion. I am not an expert and am not claiming to be one. I am simply one writer offering a glimpse of my struggle to become a successful independent author. Thank you for considering my words. All rights reserved.
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