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A b o u t

R. D. G. LOVER

Created to create.

While growing up in a broken home, R. D. G. Lover turned to art for therapy. She wrote every spare second she had, and she drew daily—most often to bring her stories and characters to life. After ten years of work she created her book series, Angels' Compass, which she is writing and illustrating (probably as you read this now).

Needless to say, art is a huge part of R. D. G. Lover's life. You can also find her singing loudly in her car with the windows down, playing guitar, on the beach, stargazing, or spending time with her cat.

She has been published in F(r)fiction Literary Magazine's Dually Noted competition, as well as her local newspaper, The News Leader.

Q & A

How did you get started with art and writing? How long have you known this is what you want to do in life?

I faced a lot of struggles growing up, and art was the thing I turned to the most to cope. Art and writing became a place where I could deal with my emotions, but it has since become my passion in life. I have always been a writer first; I taught myself art in order to illustrate my characters.

Throughout my high school career, I was blessed with a creative writing teacher who worked closely with me and encouraged me to grow as a writer. In 2014, I took her Advanced Writing class, and that was the year I knew I wanted to be an author.

When did you start drawing? What program do you use?

I have been drawing avidly since 2010. I started using Photoshop CS5 in 2011 with a Wacom tablet. Now I run Photoshop on a Surface Pro 8.

Have you had schooling in art or writing?

I am a self-taught artist but have been to school for creative writing!

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Do you take commissions?

Yes, I do. If you are interested in commissioning artwork from me, feel free to send me an email with what you're looking for. I'll get back to you if it's a project I'd like to take on! You can find more information on what I offer on my services page.

When can we read more of your story? Do you plan to publish it?

I am in the process of writing and querying my series. I have completed my manuscript for book one (Inheriting Armageddon), and I am currently pitching this novel to agents and editors. Book two is in the works!

I’ll keep everyone posted on the timing when I have a better idea. Until then, you can check out the writing I have posted with my artwork in my gallery and in my blog!

Will you illustrate your books?

If I have a say in it, yes.

What is your favorite book? What inspired you to write about the Four Horsemen?

These go hand in hand for me! Growing up my favorite book was the book of the Bible, Revelation. It fascinated me and my imagination, and I'm sure it's what inspired me to write—and write fantasy nonetheless.

Between loving Revelation (which features the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse) and loving horses and always wanting horseback riding lessons (which I never got), writing this story I created about the Four Horsemen combines all my passions in life.

Lamb by Christopher Moore is hands down my favorite work of fiction. The Red Rising Saga by Pierce Brown is a close second.

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