My latest book, Cosmic Girl, has just been published. Cosmic girl is on Amazon and many other platforms. I had a lot of fun writing it, and I’m quite pleased with the results. Cosmic Girl is a mix of young adult, sci-fi, and horror. I love sci-fi and fantasy, and I’m a child of the 1970s and so Star Wars type space opera will always find a warm welcome in my reading stack. Those influences are very obvious in the book, but there are modern influences, too. There is definitely a hint of Stranger Things about my book.

I’m thinking the influence crept in via E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial rather than directly via Stranger Things, but while I was proofreading the finished book, it was definitely a vibe that I detected.

Cosmic Girl is about mysterious happenings in a suburban community with a school at the center of it. When a young boy is murdered, a small Californian town becomes the scene of a mystery involving UFO sightings, terrifying supernatural forces, and a new girl in town. A few of the local children begin to understand that there’s more going on than meets the eye as the story continues with the discovery of a portal to another world, a sinister monster, unnerving supernatural forces, and kung fu. Cosmic Girl is a love letter to the 1970s, a sci-fi adventure, and a horror story with a terrifyingly sinister monster.

My work isn’t over yet, because although the cover is ready, I have written a nice blurb for the back of the book, and I’ve decided on a price point, now it is time to come up with some kind of marketing strategy. The idea is that, at least to start with, some of the marketing will do itself.

For example, I have used the same font as all my other books, Orthodox Herbertarian, which is kind of intended to be my brand. I’m thinking people will see the font on Amazon, and my name, and instantly know Cosmic Girl is a book they should put in their shopping cart. At least that’s the idea.

I like the image on the cover, too. Usually my books have a spaceship on the cover, like Galaxy Dog, or a fantasy painting, like on the cover of The Pet Dragon, but for this book I just wanted a symbol against an abstract background. Cosmic Girl, in the book, wears a pendant in the shape of a ringed planet, like Saturn, and that is the symbol that appears on the cover. I created it in Blender, which is a powerful 3D software suite. I had plenty of difficulty getting it to look just right but I got it looking the way I wanted in the end. I posted about working on the cover of Cosmic Girl a few days ago, and it did take me a long while, but it was worth it.


Cosmic Girl

Cosmic Girl

When a young boy is murdered, a small Californian town becomes the scene of a mystery involving UFO sightings, terrifying supernatural forces, and a new girl in town. A few of the local children begin to understand that there’s more going on than meets the eye as the story continues with the discovery of a portal to another world, a sinister monster, unnerving supernatural forces, and kung fu. Cosmic Girl is a love letter to the 1970s, a sci-fi adventure, and a horror story with a terrifyingly sinister monster.