Art Director/Designer/Evil Genius
A professional creative
On a cold January morning, I marched into the bank to start a business account for Fiona Jayde Media. I was a new mom freshly laid off after maternity leave. Almost a decade later, I’ve never looked back.
How did you get into book design?
I started out as a writer of poorly disguised Buffy the Vampire Slayer knockoffs. I had editors to help with my writing, but cover art was more about “what’s in the story” instead of “what a reader who has never heard of you will know about the book”. I learned two things: I have less then a second to catch a perspective readers’ eye; and I can’t design for myself.
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Fiona Jayde is a space pilot, a ninth degree black belt in three styles of martial arts, a computer hacker, a mountain climber, a jazz singer, a weight lifter, a superspy with a talent for languages, and an evil genius. All in her own head.
Winner of multiple awards, Fiona creates covers designed to to pop of virtual shelves, and when pried away from her computer, enjoys complaining about complexty of seventh chords, watching baking shows with tiny monsters, and keeping feline dictators from harassing long suffering canine beasts.
When I first approached Fiona Jayde Media for cover design services, I thought I knew what my book needed and was fairly nervous to hand it off to another creative. However, not long into her collaborative process, it was readily apparent that House of Bastiion belonged in her hands all along. Fiona works like a ying yang, filling the gaps of your imagination, flattering what you already see and defining what you cannot. Somehow, she took my spastic ramblings and compressed them into a diamond, adding just the right amount of pressure when needed to ensure the only outcome possible was the arresting beauty now seated on the cover on my novel. In truth, my success can only be attributed to Fiona’s, as her artwork was the linchpin of my marketing campaign. Were it not for her ingenuity, diligence, and touch of wizardry, no one would have given House of Bastiion a second look. Standing before the roar of applause and admiration for her masterpiece, I certainly hope my pages do it justice.