I asked Amanda for more illustrations from Neiko’s Five Land Adventure because I wanted to post about art in writing. You may have heard the cliche, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Well, it’s true. All of Amanda’s pictures make a point about some aspect of her story.
Illustrations also make the most important point in writing: visualizing the story helps readers connect with it on a more personal level. Look at the interesting location shot below. First you might wonder, what kind of strange creature is that beside the heroine (Neiko), and why is a scorpion with her? But then don’t you ask yourself, now where is that? If you tried to put yourself in the picture, that means you connected on a personal level.
If you didn’t connect, you’re in the minority. Amanda already mentioned her readers’ responses to these very illustrations. One of her top three reasons she decided to become an indie author is Control, which includes her illustrations. That personal connection a reader makes with the pictures means he or she will want to read more, even when they have to buy the next book to do so. Of course getting readers to buy the first book is a different matter. I hope this post will help.
Here’s another illustration that makes Amanda’s point about readers responding well to her pictures. How can you not want to read more about these guys?
I saved Amanda’s last interview question for this post because it concerns this picturesque subject. So here you go, my question in red, and Amanda’s answer to be read. Sorry, but I had to play with words at least once this week.