Maybe it was because they had nothing to sit on but a milk crate.
Maybe it was because the annoying interruptions from the back of the shed gang or maybe it was because the shed is looking a little drab lately.
I figure it is a combination of all reasons, so I changed things up a bit.
I replaced the milk crates with two nice Lazy Boy rockers, where I got them I will not say.
I have banned the back of the shed gang from all guest interviews until further notice. Though I do not think they are going to listen.
I have decorated the shed with lovely curtains and some art work designed by a most talented Digital Artist and Graphic Designer, Ida Jansson.
I have invited the talent and all around sweet and very friendly Ida to sit with me, admire her work and tell us all about her fabulous self.
Yes please, maybe hot chocolate?
Certainly, here you go. Be careful though, it is very hot and I do want you to damage those gifted hands!
Thank you for coming, Ida, please tell those people listening at the door who do not think I know they are listening at the door, what is it that you do?
I have had photo manipulation and digital painting as a hobby for 3 years, and have been sharing some of my work on places such as DeviantArt. In October 2012 I was contacted by author Ellie Garratt, asking if I would be interested in designing her covers for her two short story collections “Passing Time” and “Taking Time”. Of course I said yes, and after that the ball started rolling! Now I am making book covers full time.
I am listening carefully to Ida when I hear a knocking noise on the window, I look to my left and see Jack with his face to the window, pointing to his Lazy Boy rockers and letting loose a string of muffled curses. I immediately shut the curtains closed and return to Ida.
I actually have a bachelor degree in Biomedical Science, so 3 years ago, my original plan was to work in a hospital. But then I discovered digital art, and ended up spending all my free time on that. I feel so lucky that I get to have my favourite hobby as my job now!
I love the fact that I get to work with books and authors on a daily basis. I love to read, and I am really impressed by all the wonderful authors out there. Working with both aspiring and established authors is so inspiring, and I love that I can play a small part in their careers as writers.
I smile at this lovely woman's humble attitude. In fact, as I am sure many authors agree, cover design is far from a small part, it is a major part. After all, in my opinion, a book could contain within it the most perfect masterpiece of our time, but if the cover is bland and it does not catch anyone's eye, then this masterpiece will probably be wasted.
Have you met anyone famous? (If you have not who would you like to meet?)
Not really, the chance of bumping into an international celebrity here in Norway is really slim. I would love to meet some of the big authors like J.K Rowling. I would also love to meet Misha Collins ;)
I guess I would be working as a Biomedical Scientist, maybe in medical research. I also have a secret dream of writing a book someday, maybe a dystopian novel.
What is the favorite part of your career? What is the least favorite?
I love the process of making a book cover! I especially like the part when I start to see how the end result will be like J What I don`t like is dealing with budgets, taxes and payments. If I could I would definitely hire someone to do that for me.
Name five fun facts about yourself please.
I think I would actually choose Norway. It`s a very safe, wealthy and beautiful country. But I would love to explore the US some time as well, especially New York. I also love Paris!
Thank you for having me, and I welcome everyone to have a look at my website!
Plus my author alter ego, had the pleasure in working with Ida Jansson using her services again and again. Here is a sample of the work she did: