At some point we came across Cameron McCafferty on Twitter as he was displaying some very impressive illustration of Dungeons & Dragons characters, and knew he had to create something for us.
Gene the Nerdy Octopus was added to our story by the recommendation of a friend. She said every good fantasy novel a lovable animal sidekick, so in the story, things got real meta as characters in a parallel universe auditioned for acting roles in the novel. Gene’s character quickly became more important to the story than we ever could have imagined, especially for being a drunken, chain smoking, starving actor just trying to make a name for himself in the greater LA area.
Cameron knocked this illustration out of the park, and really captured the desperation but never-ending optimism that flows through the alcohol soaked veins. You can find his work on Twitter, or framed in the author’s house.