About Bruce Aiken

A maths and physics student who ran away to art college and has worked as a freelance creative ever since.

A character spider

writing aid character spider

Spoiler alert
This character spider contains facts about characters in my second novel The Act of Falling that don’t appear in the text. If you know anything about personality disorders you would probably work them out anyway, but just thought I’d mention that.

The size of the circle
My focus is on Emily Hamton, therefore she takes centre stage in this diagram. However, the novel is written from the POV of Richard. The size of each circle is roughly the prominence of a character in the text. There are three circle sizes, therefore primary, secondary and bit part players.

My nerdy approach to plot and character
I usually have a broad idea of the plot and theme of the novel – although I’m personally not so concerned with the theme as it seems a bit like lecturing to your readers.

The plot develops intricacies as I write. I keep that under control in another way, which I will post here soon. The characters also develop and this graphic helps me to keep the salient points of their relationships and history consistent.

Sold

ebook or paperback cover showing a woman with dyed pink hair

This is an imagined book cover, created with a royalty free image (somewhat retouched). The main typeface is Goudy Old Style.

Contact me if this image would be suitable for your novel (title and author changed of course) and if you’d like to use this design. Costs vary depending on whether it’s an ebook or paperback but around £80 ($100) is a good guide.

Short of an idea for your novel? Browse these imagined book covers and strap lines for ideas.

The original photo file came from unsplash.com and I’ve cropped it heavily and lightened it while keeping the intense eyes.

original image for sold


All Around Me

paper back or book cover with crowd of people blurred

This is an imagined book cover, created with a royalty free image. The main typeface is Panther.

Contact me if this image would be suitable for your novel (title and author changed of course) and if you’d like to use this design. Costs vary depending on whether it’s an ebook or paperback but around £80 ($100) is a good guide.

Short of an idea for your novel? Browse these imagined book covers and strap lines for ideas.

The original photo file came from unsplash.com and I’ve done very little other than judiciously crop it and strengthen some colours.

original image for all around me


Last Day

ebook or paperback cover for last day

This is an imagined book cover, created with a royalty free image. The main typeface is Venetian 301.

Contact me if this image would be suitable for your novel (title and author changed of course) and if you’d like to use this design. Costs vary depending on whether it’s an ebook or paperback but around £80 ($100) is a good guide.

Short of an idea for your novel? Browse these imagined book covers and strap lines for ideas.

The original photo file is from my own photo library and therefore is exclusive. I’ve done very little other than judiciously crop it and tweak the contrast.

original image for last day


Return

ebook or paperback cover showing man at lake or reservoir

This is an imagined book cover, created with a royalty free image. The main typeface is You Are Loved.

Contact me if this image would be suitable for your novel (title and author changed of course) and if you’d like to use this design. Costs vary depending on whether it’s an ebook or paperback but around £80 ($100) is a good guide.

Short of an idea for your novel? Browse these imagined book covers and strap lines for ideas.

The original photo file came from pixels.com and has been widely used on a variety of websites. I have strengthened the colours slightly.

original image for return book cover


Sold Out

book cover showing defiant young attractive girl

This is an imagined book cover, created with a royalty free image. The main typeface is Alien League.

Contact me if this image would be suitable for your novel (title and author changed of course) and if you’d like to use this design. Costs vary depending on whether it’s an ebook or paperback but around £80 ($100) is a good guide.

Short of an idea for your novel? Browse these imagined book covers and strap lines for ideas.

The original photo file came from pixabay.com and I’ve done very little other than judiciously crop it as it was a very strong image to start with.

original image for sold out


A Time to Listen

ebook or paperback cover with ghostly woman in woods

This is an imagined book cover, created with a royalty free image. The main typeface is Schneidler.

Contact me if this image would be suitable for your novel (title and author changed of course) and if you’d like to use this design. Costs vary depending on whether it’s an ebook or paperback but around £80 ($100) is a good guide.

Short of an idea for your novel? Browse these imagined book covers and strap lines for ideas.

The original photos both file came from pixabay.com. I combined the images as overlays to produce this unique cover art.

original images for a time to listen