Artist, Jessica Allain talks about cover art for Diamonds in Black Sand

Jessica Allain sent along her thoughts on the vision behind the moody and dynamic cover she created for Ann Marston’s engaging new YA fantasy, Diamonds in Black Sand. After reading some of Ann’s manuscript, as well as speaking to her about aspects of her book, I began picturing the scene I wanted her cover to reflect. Growing up beside the ocean, I had a good idea of what a maritime scene should be. Ann described a…

Ann Crowe discusses creative process for Avians cover

Cover artist, Ann Crowe, shared with us the creative process behind Timothy Gwyn’s dynamic new YA fantasy, Avians. I’ve always wanted to do illustration for books, be they book covers or children’s picture books or otherwise, so when I was approached to illustrate the cover for Avians, I was ecstatic. This project was a dream come true for me. After being introduced to the author, Timothy Gwyn, my first order of business was to find out…

Five Rivers welcomes Jessica Allain to the creative team

We are pleased to welcome artist, Jessica Allain, to our creative team. Jessica Allain is a self taught digital artist who was born and raised on the East Coast of New Brunswick, Canada. Jessica began painting at an early age, and was always interested in artistic pursuits well into adulthood. As a young adult Jessica began oil painting, and had many of her pieces featured in community galleries as well as local restaurants and cafes….

Artist James Beveridge discusses creative process

November 1, 2016, a revised and updated version of Leslie Gadallah’s Cat’s Pawn will be released by Five Rivers in both print and digital. We asked cover artist, james Beveridge, to discuss his creative process for the cover for this, the first of the Empire of Kaz trilogy. Hmmm…where to start? First, let me give a little space to my background and history illustrating SF&F. I’ve been an avid consumer of all things fantastic since I was young. One of…

Cover genesis for Kingmaker’s Sword

Thought we’d share the cover genesis for book one of Ann Marston’s Rune Blades of Celi series, Kingmaker’s Sword. There were a few iconic images we wanted to incorporate into the cover, and indeed the series, the primary one being a sword. But not just any sword. According to Ann she was fascinated as a girl by her grandfather’s claymore, “that hung over the fireplace in the living-room when we lived in Manchester,” she says. “It…