The curtain has lifted, and here we are: a brand new media-rich and interactive site. As those of you following along may remember, I did a “refresh” to the original site a few months back. However, I wasn’t happy with the changes. The fundamental usability and interactivity still wasn’t modern enough or where I wanted it to be. And for those of you who have been following my career from the beginning—including the three different test covers released in the limited-print early editions of Feast of Fates—you know that when I’m not happy with something, I keep at it until I get as close to perfection as I can. The new site is damn near perfect. Now, I can hardly be credited for much other than the obsessive direction and instruction that I’ve given to Lourdes Portal—the genius over at Tesslula Design—or Geadhain’s equally talented visual artist, Mr. Leo Black. Just like a book, a good website is the result of many creative and professional minds working together toward one purpose. So let’s take a look at what the three of us have created together. (As well as other editors and creatives behind the scenes—Sarah, thank you for your touch-up of the “World” content!)
All of the posts are featured in a Pinterest-style, easy scrolling format with quotes and images to tantalize the reader. People like shiny things and I don’t think adults ever really grow-up and leave picture books behind! A few of the images—selected by Lourdes—are rather hysterical, or eerie, too. All of the posts have easy comment and sharing options. There’s a carousel at the landing page that you can scroll/ click left to right on—I’ll place whatever I deem critical for attention there. The main menu is incredibly tidy and noninvasively hidden behind a small icon to the upper-right of the page. Furthermore, “recommended posts” have been added to each post, based on key-terms and computer-algorithms far beyond what my mortal mind can construe. If you have an hour, you can lose yourself to my ramblings. Heck, some of the posts go back to my old blog—pre-website—which was an ancient, low-rent, no-frills affair. You’ll find posts that I’m sure that many of you have never even read, such as this one—which I believe was one of the first posts I ever made, 3 years ago: “An Evening with Katharine Hepburn.” For me, reading this stuff has been a bit of a blast-from-the-past experience. It’s interesting to see how I’ve grown and what I’ve left behind in the years since I began my new career.
Moving on, the World and Store sections have had complete overhauls. In particular, the sliders and layout of the subsections for World have been brilliantly done. It’s worth noting that the site looks great, and runs fantastically on smart-devices. It’s very gesture friendly. The new Gallery is where we’ll be featuring the latest art from Mr. Leo Black, and again has a clean aesthetic. He’s the “official” artist for my work and world(s) now, so you’ll be seeing a lot of his contributions in the future! On that last note, “worlds”, you may have noticed that I changed from “fantasy author” to just “author”. You didn’t think that Geadhain was the only world I had in my head, did you? It’s certainly my favorite, and most beloved, just like a first love. However, I wanted the new site to be ready to expand with me—once these four books are complete—into other realms and tales of speculative, feminist, fantasy, horror, romance and Science Fiction.
But before we get to those new worlds, we still have quite a few tales left on Geadhain. And it’s a place that I plan to return to, often (the whole series spans at least seven novels, in three separate arcs—and I already have a novella planned for some in-between eras). Again, I’m sorry for the slight delay to Feast of Dreams, but happy to say that the formatting error has been corrected and the book will be up for purchase very soon. Oh, did I mention that the manuscript for book three has been triple-drafted and will be passed off to its primary editor on Monday? (I can hear Barbara B. sharpening her literary scalpels…) Might have slipped my mind with all the activity lately. Here’s what you can look forward to in Winter 2015.*
Next week, I’ll be returning to my usual flow of thoughtful, conversational posts. You can also look forward to a number of new media appearances and interviews thanks to Rachel, the-hardest-working-agent-in-the-world over at Gal Friday Publicity. Until then, take a peek around the new site, check out some articles you’ve never seen before, and stay a while to chat in the comments with myself, or other digital friends and fans of Geadhain. We have a grand and beautiful world, and we’re all connected. I hope that you feel at home and more connected to myself, my world(s) and each other through this new, interactive playground. It’s as much a gift for me as it is for you.
All my love,
*(At the risk of breaking hearts and promises, please note that fiscal “Winter 2015” extends to March, and possibly longer if the manuscript doesn’t meet my standards!)