Thank you for your support & Happy Holidays!

So how is your December rush going? Do you have special plans for the holiday season? How do you celebrate Christmas and New Year?

For me, November and December have been very busy! As most of you  know, I write, edit and publish on my free time, which means I have a day job to help paying the bills. What do I do for a living? I am a professional illustrator and graphic designer, and I have been doing mostly Fantasy book covers for indie authors and publishing houses for the past 6 years (and before that, I did graphic design for different forms of advertisement in the heavy metal/alternative music niche). And for the past one and a half year I have also worked as art teacher at the local school.

These past three months, I have contacted my clients and told them I am stopping doing book covers so I can pursue the career which I have always dreamed about: be an independent artist. Long story made short: has been a tough decision and difficult transition for me. But in 2018 I will start the year doing what I love most, which is teaching and producing independent art. I will better invest time on writing and illustrating Gothic Fiction books and producing new artworks for my portfolio and  can’t wait to share them with you guys!

I am also starting Tragic Books YouTube Channel in January! Yeah! It will focus on Gothic Books reviews, Writing and Self-Publishing, and a sneak-peek into my book projects and some vlogging. That will be my way to support more of our ‘dark’ community as well as help aspiring writers – who like me, wish to have their work published independently.

It’s a lot to think about during these holidays, which I plan to spend home, with peace and quiet together with my husband. ^.^ We don’t have religion, but we like to enjoy the season nonetheless.

So last, but not least… THANK YOU! Seriously! Thank you guys for your support! I am very fortunate that you have taken the time to read, share or purchase my stories! Means a lot for someone who started out from zero!
Happy Holidays, take care and have fun! 🙂

I have just been featured at Gothic Beauty Magazine – and Happy Halloween!!!

Good morning, darklings! Hope all of you have started your week in a great dark mood! 😉 Halloween and The Day of The Dead are in the air… And I am evilly happy in sharing with you a great news!

Something that means a great lot to me, a huge milestone: my books and I have been featured at the awesome Gothic Beauty Magazine! Read more

It’s Friday 13th and here is a little Classic Horror drawing

After years doing digital work, I am rekindling with ink and paper. As an artist, it is important that I do studies in both digital and traditional media and I have basically abandoned the last part for a while.

This week, however, after months trying to reconnect with my roots, I finally found the motivation and right mindset to do that. Read more

Happy birthday, Human Voices!

Clare Diston from UK does the editing for my books and her company, Human Voices, is now 2 years old! We celebrate it with an inspiring article, giving insights of freelancing life. Looking to start freelancing editing, writing, cover design and so on? Read this article first!

Human Voices | Clare Diston

As of the 1st of October, Human Voices – as a full-time venture – is now 2 years old!

Human Voices has been officially up and running since October 2011, and almost 4 years to the day after I started the business, I quit my job to become a full-time freelancer. This has been my only job for 2 years now, and I couldn’t be more pleased!

To celebrate, I made the most garish cake I could think of:

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Of course, birthdays are a pretty good time for reflection, so I thought I’d share some of the things I’ve learned since I’ve been in business:

  • If you do a good job, clients will come back. It might take a few months or a few years (the latter especially if you’re dealing with people who write novels), but if you make a good impression your clients will remember you and they…

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Working on ‘As Black As Ice’ the sequel and final part of ‘As Cold As Thorns’ – now, the secret of The Black Rose will finally be unveiled!

Nightmares, hallucinations, strange happenings and impossible love have all been traits of As Cold As Thorns contrasting with sarcasm, narcissism, art and extravagance. There is a mystery in the story – the key to everything and that is the infamous, elusive Black Rose.

But what really is the Black Rose? Which powers does it possess?

Henrique, the protagonist, goes through a transformation, from a bright artistic mind and kind, cordial man to someone cold, tormented and shrouded in darkness. Is it love, madness or something else inflicting him this pain and twisted state of mind? Read more

Gothic, Horror and Dark Fantasy Books Freebies and Giveaways this Halloween

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You love Dark Fiction and its subgenres: Horror, Gothic, Dark Fantasy… and you’re looking for good dark reads to get (or keep) you in the mood for Halloween. You enjoy Stephen King, Clive Barker, Anne Rice, Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley and Tim Burton movies, and you also enjoy discovering independent authors (ahem, like me!).

Well well, I have some good news for you! I’m running a GoodReads Giveaway where you get  two beautifully illustrated paperbacks: The Night of Elisa + As Cold As Thorns. 3 lucky winners will be chosen by 31st October. Read more