Interrogation—J.T. Lindroos

Who: J.T. Lindroos

What: A designer and writer, he has worked on hundreds, perhaps thousands, of book covers since 1997. He ran Point Blank Press from 2004 to 2011 and published the first novels of Allan Guthrie, Dave Zeltserman, Duane Swierczynski and Donna Moore among many others. He was a music writer for AllMusic Guide and currently reviews European comics for Bookgasm.

Where: Indiana

Interview conducted by email. Some questions and answers have been edited.

Let’s start with the question that every writer wants to know—do you read the books before you design the covers? 

No. I don’t have the time. I design anywhere from 2 to 10 covers a week. I sometimes read the book after I’ve done the cover. My turnaround for first draft — which might mean a finished cover — usually ranges from half an hour to a couple of days. I do much of my freelance work on lunch break at my day job.

Have you ever turned down a design job because you didn’t like the book?

No. On occasion I’ve turned covers down because of the writer or the publisher.

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New Short Story In Weirdbook #31!

Weirdbook31Very excited that my latest short story is out now in Weirdbook #31!

The story is called “Warrior or Princess?” and it’s about a time-traveling convict who tries to change the past. This one’s a little different from my previous short stories, but you will still find plenty of crime and guns—only through a Sci-Fi lens this time around.

I’m particularly proud to be published by Weirdbook because this is their first issue after a 20 year hiatus.

Weirdbook #31 features some amazing writing from the likes of John R. Fultz, Adrian Cole, Gary A., Christian Riley, James Aquilone, Paul Dale Anderson, Jason A. Wyckoff, Bret McCormick, Darrell Schweitzer, D.C. Lozar, Jessica Amanda Salmonson, Gregg Chamberlain, Erica Ruppert, Janet Harriett, Llanwyre Laish and Kevin Strange.

Weirdbook has an incredible history and has published some fantastic writers over the years, including Stephen King, Joseph Payne Brennan, H. Warner Munn, Robert E. Howard, Tim Powers, Darrell Schweitzer—among many others. You can get a glimpse of that list right HERE.

Douglas Draa is the new editor, but W. Paul Ganley consults. Weirdbook is published by Wildside Press.

Check it out.

S.W. Lauden’s short fiction has been accepted for publication by Out of the Gutter, Criminal Element, Dark Corners, Dead Guns Magazine, Akashic Books, WeirdBook, Spelk Fiction, Shotgun Honey and Crimespree Magazine. His debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, will be published by Rare Bird Books in October 2015. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published by Down & Out Books in 2016.