Archives for : May2011

The Cover

After several false starts, I finally came up with a cover I liked. I had several initial concepts, but they slowly got overwritten layer by layer in Photoshop as time went past.

Patterns were thrown out, scraps of end-papers, scans… textures, even. Colour schemes changed…

 

The cover to #1

And then there was the logo. Although that’s another post in itself.

Dressing the part

Its not enough to have characters wandering around saying words. They also have to look the part. For each character, Tim spent an age doing research, getting the details of the clothing and making sure that there was not too much anachronism (despite the whole story being anachronistic…!)

For Emily Wallace, this dress suited her look. Not too European, not too American, this looked like something a woman of some means would wear.

But – what would she weild? It would be easy to throw in a Colt, a Tranter or Vickers, but I found something that stood out, looked somewhat unusual, but not too much of a hand-cannon.

So I found this large-bore Webley Pryce .450 handgun. Something that would make a nasty hole in any oncoming vermin, but not look too out of place in a Lady’s hand.

Who is… Sir Harry?

Sir Harry Chiselton

So- Who is Sir Harry Chiselton? Hero? Secret Agent to Queen Victoria? Spy? Sex machine? Action hero? Utter, utter bastard?

The answer to all these questions is YES.

Colonel Sir Harry Chiselton, VC, KCB, GCSI, FRS is a veteran of several conflicts around the globe, and is considered the British Empire’s top agent. Any doubts, fears, and moral uncertainty has long since been burnt out of him by what he’s seen and had to do. But that doesn’t stop him getting sidetracked by a quaff of absinthe, a quick hit of laudanum or a pretty face…