Why I Love a Little Hand-drawn Tree

Now that The Blood-Tainted Winter is out there (I mean, really, people are reading it.  Maybe at this very moment.) I wanted to share the map created by Swedish illustrator/cartographer Gillis Björk.  I’ve mentioned Gillis before and I still feel very lucky to have found him and to have his artwork gracing the pages of my book.

It’s an incredible feeling to crack open the spine and see it.  It seems to serve as a reminder every time I see it that this actually happened.  This being the fact that I wrote a book and it’s published for the whole world to read.  Something about the map makes all of this very real.

No more little screen shots, no more sneak peeks.

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A Bird’s Eye View

The map is done!

The map-making process was something of a roller-coaster ride.  I originally was in talks with a cartographer in France and I was very excited about his work, but when our stream of communication dried up back at the end of June, I became concerned.  Turns out a personal situation was going to make it impossible for him to take on my project.  Bummer!

Enter Gillis Björk.     Read More »