When The Enemy Within was about ready to be released, I knew that I needed to find an artist who was able to express my creativity naturally. I reached out to the people on my social network, and someone recommended I speak to Rhianna Brennan.
She was immediately enthralled by the offer, and jumped on the chance to put her skills to the test. Primarily an artist of physical talents, Rhianna wanted the opportunity to try a change of pace and try to work in the digital realm.
While you can see her finished art for the third book in its current form (as well as various pieces of concept art, including the charcoal sketches of some of the characters on this site), over a brief period of getting to know one another, we decided not to mix business with pleasure. A great many things happened to coincide in our lives, and we just made sense more as a couple than as business partners.
That isn’t to say that Rhianna isn’t still involved in matters of Tellest. She is the Alpha Reader, my muse, the First Lady of Tellest. When I have something that doesn’t make sense, or needs some kind of tweak, she’s usually the person who steers me in the right direction. She also lends her hand in art in a more reserved manner at this point. She essentially creates concept pieces that go out to the cover artists, to try and preserve much of my original idea.
She may begin to morph into something further for the world of Tellest in time. For now, we’re happy with the casual approach to business that we have, since it made way for a serious, happy relationship.