Hellbetty Calendar 2015

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Photo by Ingvild Eiring

Ingvild Eiring and I have a photo featured in Hank3’s Hellbetty 2015 calendar. That’s Ingvild, or according to Hank, Ingvlid, to the right. Get yours here.

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My favorite outtake from our Hank3 shoot.

 

Ine – Chasing Cats

My good friend and favorite model has made a photo book with a selection of the art and erotica images she has created during the last five years with fifty photographers from around the world. I am extremely proud to have several of my photographs featured in the book.

One of the photos from our first shoot in 2008

Buy the book here and make sure to be quick about  – there are only 200 copies! You’ll also find luxury editions which include prints signed by both Ingvild and yours truly.

Cats chasing Ine

The Cover

I’m thrilled to announce that the cover for Embers at Dawn has gotten a positive mention in The Book Designer’s monthly e-book Cover Design Award. I quote: “Very atmospheric cover that I’m sure will have the desired effect.” This is what I wrote about the cover: “I designed the cover myself. I’m a professional photographer, so it was an easy choice to take that particular job myself. The book is the first in a series. The series’ caption at the bottom is meant to be reused on the upcoming books. It’s a western novel. The face on the cover is the protagonist.”

Evolution of a cover: From rough sketch – via mock-ups – to finished result.

Designing the cover for my debut novel has been a meandering journey in sketches and mock-ups. I’ve been working on the concept for the cover art for almost as long as it has taken me to complete the writing (I have a lot more sketches and mock-ups than the ones shown here). I knew early on that I wanted Lee’s face on the cover, featuring her whiskers and ever present cigarette. I dabbled with the idea of hiring someone to draw the cover, but I eventually decided that I wanted a photograph on the cover and to do the job myself.

Because Embers at Dawn is the first in a series, I wanted a style that could be easily copied onto the upcoming books. The idea is to have a different close-up image of Lee’s face on the cover of each book. Ingvild Eiring has kindly agreed to pose as Lee throughout the entire series. I’m aware of the fact that the title Embers at Dawn is somewhat cryptic, so it was important to have the series’ title in focus too. The “label” (at the bottom of the cover) will be reused on future releases in the series.

To emphasize the western genre I used fonts I bought from Walden Font Co. It’s the first time I’ve paid for fonts, but I’m very glad that I did. I made several mock-ups of the cover using whatever fonts I had at hand, but they didn’t quite “fit” the gritty western style I was looking for. Walden Font Co. have also been kind enough to feature the cover art for Embers at Dawn in their customer gallery. Thanks guys!

If you’d like to wear the gorgeous Ingvild/Lee, I’ve made a T-Shirt featuring the cover photo that can be bought here: Cafepress

Cowgirl Photo Project

This is a project I’m super excited to tell y’all about: It’s a photo collaboration with model and costume designer Ingvild Eiring. We have already completed two sessions on different locations and plan to do at least three or four more. We might be done by the end of the year. The project will definitely culminate in a book and hopefully an exhibition.

The theme is vaguely based on the Old West, with a somewhat fleeting cowgirl character in the “lead role.” We’re more concerned about creating something captivating, than to stay true to historical accuracy or a tangible storyline. Sources of inspiration range from Helmut Newton to Matthew Brady. The series will be shot entirely on Polaroid.

She knows what needs to be done

While you’re waiting; here’s the blurb for Embers at Dawn.

Lee ain’t no goddamned lady. She has done gotten herself unbaptized, unmarried and unlawful. She is the outlaw known as Crazy Cat.

One cat is buried, another is put in a hatbox, then sent to the town marshal along with the head of his deputy.

Lee knows what needs to be done. She needs more men with guns, but where can she find them? And who can she trust amongst those already in her gang? A bloody battle ensues between corrupt lawmen and outlaws.

Embers at Dawn is the story of one woman’s struggle to find freedom in a world that would rather see her in a corset or behind bars; one being as bad as the other, according to her.

It’s a story of rats and sons of bitches, eccentric saviors and a ramshackle gang led by the outlaw known as Crazy Cat.

Embers At Dawn: The Soundtrack

 

I admit it; I’m the kind of nerd that makes lists.

This is a soundtrack I’ve compiled while working on Embers At dawn. I find that listening to music spurs creativity and helps me get in the mood of the scene I’m writing. I’ve killed a few darlings, added some new ones and rearranged a bit to make it a soundtrack that corresponds with the atmosphere I’m going for.