Fun Friday – With Cover Designer Taria Reed

Today’s blog is FUN FRIDAY! I’ve given over the post to my
friend Taria Reed, a up and coming Book Cover designer. I know you’ve seen her
work on the internet already, so I asked her a few questions!
Enjoy & Comment! 

How did you get
involved in cover design?
I always loved looking at beautiful covers. For years I
spent countless afternoons in Barnes & Noble drooling over all the covers
in every genre. Last January I started photographing stock for stock sites. I
would see my photos and create digital art photo manipulations just for fun. I
worked with design and Photoshop in my photography business (www.TariaReed.com)
so one day I was asked to do a cover for a self published author who followed
my art work on twitter. I loved that process and from there I decided that this
is something I could do professionally. I started looking up tutorials and
learning about the book design and publishing process. Once I felt I was up to
par I sent inquiry letters to a few publishers and here I am today doing
something I love very much.

What artists inspire you?
Art in general inspires me. I could see a photograph and think how great that
would look manipulated into a cover, or I can hear a song and think of a scene
that would be great for a cover using that song as inspiration. With all that
said, I wanna be Dan Dos Santos or Tony Mauro when I grow up.

What are your favorite type of book
covers to design and why?

I would LOVE to get more into romance covers, but I seem to excel at young
adult and concept covers. Young adult covers hard at times because you have to
bring this book to life without it being all sexed up. It’s easy to take a hot
shirtless and stick him on a cover with a wolf, a sword, or a hot chick (not
that I’m knocking that…lol.). I like doing any cover that challenges me
artistically.

If you could be an exclusive cover
designer for any author or publisher who would it be?

I am thankful for every publisher and author I get to work with, but I’d LOVE
to be a part of the St. Martin’s Press, Simon
& Schuster, Random House, or Carina Press team. Oh wait, that’s more than
one, “Dammit Jim, I’m an artist not a mathematician”…lol.