I’m so glad to have Dineen Miller back on IC this week. Last time she came to tell us about her novel, Soul Saver. Today she’s going to tell us about her gifts in the visual arts.
Dineen, describe your graphic design business.
Primarily I do print and online graphic design for my clients and have served the Christian publishing industry for many years—namely authors, writers and publishers. I design logos, bookmarks, book covers, one sheets, website graphics, etc. with an eye to create continuity for my clients that goes in line with their platform and branding. I’m an intuitive designer in that I get a feel for my clients’ needs and create their designs accordingly.
Oooo, intuitive. I like that.
How did you get started in this business?
I went to one of the Art Institutes (Ft. Lauderdale) right after high school and have worked in advertising and graphic design ever since (1986). But I’ve enjoyed working in the publishing industry the most because it’s much more creative. In 2006 I designed my own one sheet for a story I wanted to pitch at a writer’s conference (ACFW) and suddenly I was getting requests from writers to do theirs. I saw a need and filled it. I love working with authors and writers. It’s like playing with your best friend’s Play Doe.
I’ve seen that one sheet. There were many links to it when I was looking for information on how to create one. Nice!
Other than the Play Doe fun, what’s your favorite part of designing material for your clients?
Sending the project for a first look and getting the response, “I love it! This is exactly what I was looking for.” Every project I work on starts with prayer. I pray over the client, the project, every aspect, even to finding the exact stock image or images. And God comes through every time. So when my client tells me they love it or that it’s even better than they’d imagined, it shines directly on God, because He’s the one who put this talent in me and He’s the one who continues to guide my hand. Yep, that’s my favorite part. God is the ultimate creative being and we are created in His image. So when I create something, I feel connected to God and it’s like playing with Dad in the back yard, making mud pies. We make really good stuff together.
This is why I love you, Dineen :o)! I can always feel your God-centering.
Do you work with traditionally-published authors or self-published authors?
Both. I just recently completed a book cover for an author self-publishing his book. I wanted to make sure he had a cover that looked professional and “pub-house-made.” Some self-published books look self-published. And that’s okay, but for my client, I wanted his book to have the best possible appeal on the shelf and online. I want that for all my clients, to have the best possible materials I can produce for them.
That’s great, because even with e-books, the “cover” is still the first thing a potential reader sees.
What is it about the author’s work that inspires you the most as you create images for them?
Their vision for their story, their heart for their characters, their uniqueness that makes them the writer they are. This inspires me to find the right images for their project and create a look and feel that fits them, their brand, and their genre, which are all tied together really when you think about it.
And their book covers. There are some awesome covers out there. So when I get to play with a cover and take pieces to create a bookmark, a web graphic, a press release or postcard, I love it!
I can already feel your creative energy!
Can you drop a few names of authors you’ve worked with and show us some of the artwork you created for them?
Well, let’s see, I’ve worked with Camy Tang, Robin Caroll, Alison Strobel, Sheaf House Publishers, Patti Lacy and many others. Here’s a link to my online portfolio: http://dineenmiller.com/portfolio/. Feel free to look around. J
Good stuff there!!!
I know you are also a writer of fiction and non-fiction. How is the creative process different for you between these three aspects of the book business?
Amazingly it all overlaps. Having the design and marketing background that I have has proven invaluable, especially on the non-fiction side of things. I do a lot of our graphic work and materials for our ministry (MismatchedandThriving.com). And my fiction writing skills have made my non-fiction much stronger! Many of the techniques I learned in writing fiction translate well into writing stimulating and engaging non-fiction. Whether it’s with words or images, the idea or hope of the artist is to make an emotional connection to the consumer. It’s all creative.
That it is.
Where can we contact you about creating our new designs?
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Connie, thank you for letting this artist/word crafter ramble on about my creative world and thoughts. Always fun to share. May God bless you with His abundant creative love, my friend.
Blessings back at ya, Dineen. Always fun to interview you. Hope to hear more about your non-fiction books on my blog, Living the Body of Christ, in the coming weeks.
Dineen Miller readily admits that one of the greatest lessons she’s learning about life is that there’s purpose in our trials. It’s all about trusting God and putting our hope in Him. Her favorite stories are of the miracles God has wrought in the lives of her family. Through this lens she also believes her years as a youth counselor, a Stephen Minister, a women’s ministry leader and a life group leader fuel her desire to ignite the souls of others through words of truth. She’s also a retreat and conference speaker and has been featured on the Moody Radio Network, Focus on the Family Radio, Dr. James Dobson’s FamilyTalk and FamilyLife Today.
In addition to writing for SpirituallyUnequalMarriage.com, Dineen has won several prestigious awards for her fiction, and is the author of The Soul Saver and the novella, A Love Meant To Be, part of the Central Park Rendezvous Collection. She is the co-author of the Winning Him Without Words: 10 Keys to Thriving in Your Spiritually Mismatched Marriage, which received the award for Non-Fiction Book of 2011 from the San Diego Christian Writers Guild, one of the largest Christian writers group in the United States. Her latest book, Not Alone: Trusting God to Help You Raise Godly Kids in a Spiritually Mismatched Home will release in October.
Married nearly 26 years to a guy who keeps her young, she lives in the Bay Area with her husband, and they are the proud parents of two adult daughters and a son-in-law. For more information about Dineen’s current projects and speaking engagements, go to www.MistmachedandThriving.com or www.dineenmiller.com.
Also visit the following:
Her books: http://dineenmiller.com/books/
Other websites: http://spirituallyunequalmarriage.com
Personal Blog: http://authordineenmiller.com/journal/
GoodReads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/dineenmiller
The Soul Saver Booktrailer:
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