Off the Page: Kristen Williams

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Kristen Williams is a Texas stay-at-home mom and a blogger over at My Friends Are Fiction.

“I can’t imagine life without my blog and the book community,” said Williams. “I’ve made some amazing friends and had the opportunity to interact with my favorite authors and publishers. It’s been an amazing journey.”

Her most recent favorite books include The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson, An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake, and In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters.

What is it about the authors’ writing that inspired you to Lego things up?
The Lego covers are a collaboration between my husband and myself. We developed the idea on a whim while driving to…you guessed it… the Lego store. I had just read Unhinged by A.G. Howard and I couldn’t get Morpheus out of my head. I kept imagining what a Lego version of him would look like. I ran the idea by my husband and together the idea was born. We went home that night and got started on the first cover.

For the ones we’ve done so far they’ve each been a book that I absolutely loved and wanted to flail about in more ways than tweeting my affection or writing a review. Since the Lego mini-figures are the focus we only choose the covers that feature people.

What was the best reaction you’ve received?
This is really difficult because each time we’ve created a cover I’m always so thrilled with the response we get from the blog readers and the authors. Just recently Renee Ahdieh said, “THIS IS THE BEST THING IN THE HISTORY OF EVER” that was a pretty amazing compliment.

What’s your process?
The first thing I do is pick which cover we’d like to work on. Once I’ve selected the cover I’ll try to locate a large image to work from and then start locating mini-figure pieces that resemble the cover image as much as possible. In the beginning, I would photograph the Lego mini-figures and then my husband would take the images into Photoshop and work his magic. With the last two covers I’ve done the design work myself. Now we’ll both work on covers and hopefully be able to produce them more often.

Do you have any tools you like to work with?
I use my (now antiquated) Canon 40D to photograph Lego mini-figure parts. We have entirely too many mini-figures and can’t seem to quit collecting them. It can take some time to sift through the parts until I find what I think will work best. I tend to have to photograph an arm here, a leg there. Once I get the pictures taken we pull them into Photoshop and after hours of work get it to resemble the cover.

What piece are you most proud of?
My husband was the Photoshop guru up until the A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas cover which I did by myself. So that and the second I’ve done, The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, are equally the ones I’m personally most proud of. Of all the covers I’m most impressed with my husband’s ability to achieve the look and feel for the cover of The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski. The cover model is in such a complex position and for him to achieve that with Lego really blew me away.

What are your dream books to Lego?
I gravitate most often to fantasy and science fiction covers because those are my favorite genres. I plan on doing some a bit out of the norm and maybe attempt one with more of a contemporary feel. The idea of a Lego minifigure couple gazing into each other’s eyes cracks me up.

 

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Nicole Brinkley

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3 Comments

  1. Wonderful interview, Nicole! I’ve been to Kristen’s blog a handful of times myself, and her Lego covers are absolutely stunning. The ones for The Winner’s Cruse and The Wrath and the Dawn are definitely favorites of mine.

  2. Great feature! I’ve loved My Friend Are Fiction’s LEGO art for so long and it was awesome getting a closer look into her process. I’m always amazed by the intricate details put into the making of each and every LEGO art.