❀Q&A on Book Covers with Irene Woodbury Author of Honeymoon Roulette @PumpUpYourBook #puyb #HoneymoonRoulette #bookcovers
Luckily for all you fans of romantic fiction, Irene Woodbury knows that what happens in Las Vegas doesn’t have to stay there. The Denver-based author has captured the heart and soul of Sin City in four colorful, suspenseful novels.
In the gritty, engrossing Romeo Stalker (2021), a Vegas showgirl’s life is plunged into stalker-hell when her ex returns from prison and learns she has a new boyfriend. Love and Payback (2021) is a dark, dramatic look at a married woman’s mysterious death in Sin City, where she has gone to meet an Internet love.
In the darkly humorous Honeymoon Roulette (2021), a bride goes rogue after learning her handsome fiance may have killed his first two wives. And A Slot Machine Ate My MidlifeCrisis (2021) is the vibrant, funny story of a mixed-up newlywed who goes to Vegas for a girls’ weekend that never ends.
Irene, a successful travel writer whose favorite destinations are London and Las Vegas, is currently working on another novel.
❀Tell us about your book! What is it about and what inspired you to write it?
is a dark-humor novel about Roxy Drake, who runs away one hour before her Las Vegas
wedding after her parents inform her that her fiancé was married twice before,
and both wives died early in the marriage. Her fiancé was a person of interest in
deaths. The book details Roxy’s adventures, and misadventures, as she
tries to survive in Las Vegas and ends up being kidnapped to a farm outside the
city, where she’s held captive and forced to do menial labor. There are
elements of romance and dysfunction throughout, and it’s funny in its own quirky
The idea for the
book evolved over time. My novels have always been set in the city of Las
Vegas. I thought it would be interesting to venture to an area outside the
city, and it was.
❀Tell us about your publishing process. What was it like? Did you go indie or the traditional way?
I self-published. It
can be challenging, but it’s worth it because you make all the decisions about covers,
titles, length, pricing, etc. I had a publisher for 10 years. After they sold
the company, I started self-publishing, and I like it.
❀How did you choose the title for your book? Did it come to you right away, before you started writing it, or did it come later?
I came up with many options
while I was writing Honeymoon Roulette. At some point, I decided on Honeymoon
Roulette, and it stuck.
❀Tell us about the cover design process. Did you have a basic idea of what your book cover would be like?
I knew I wanted a
roulette wheel, but the cover artist chose the colors, and I love them.
Normally, a roulette wheel is red and black. Well, mine is purple and teal
green. A bit unusual, but I’m happy with it.
❀Who is your cover designer and how did you find him/her?
He’s an independent freelancer
that I found through Google about five years ago.
❀How was your experience working with the designer?
Good. It’s really a
collaboration between the writer and the artist. There’s a lot of give and
❀What has been the readers’ response to your cover?
Everyone loves the
colors They’re bold and dramatic, but also attractive and romantic. Book covers
are works of art. People love looking at them—and they do judge a book by its
❀What tips would you give to authors who are looking for a cover designer?
Try to find someone
who listens to your ideas. It’s a collaboration. Both sides contribute ideas and
feedback. Very creative, but it can be stressful if one side isn’t happy with
❀Anything else you’d like to say about your book?
Great settings. I
loved reveling in the wonderful locations as I wrote. I hope the readers will
enjoy them, too. But it’s all about the characters. There are some wonderful
ones in this book!