This book had a bit of journey. I’d written 200k words. I’d cut 110k of those words, but still believed I had 90k words. This is not what happened. What happened in the end was I had 0k of the original words I’d written — and 303k of the new words I’d started once I’d typed “the end” (which is figurative as I don’t think I’ve ever typed that unless instructed to do so). It is the longest first book in an arc I’ve ever written. Which was not my intent.
But. Michelle. Story length. It is the story of my writing life >.<
Jody Lee did the cover art, and Kathleen Oudit, the cover design across all four formats. This is the front cover and the ebook cover.
If the second name is familiar to you, it should be — Kathleen is my Art Director at Mira books. I had reached out to her to ask her to recommend a designer who could work with illustration, as opposed to photo-compositing, which is how most covers are done these days.
She looked at the previous West novels, and then offered to be the designer, if I’d be comfortable with that. I was deliriously comfortable with that. She is comfortable with illustration. When I was a student at UoT, Kathleen was a student at OCA, and we met in the bookstore. Back then, illustration covers were far, far more common.
I have let the book page go live, but it is missing information that would usually be there – and I will add all of that as soon as I am certain any generated links will be active.
Hunter’s Redoubt preview chapters are here.