KEEP SHELLY IN ATHENS
In October of 2016, I joined the chill-wave group, Keep Shelly in Athens. I really enjoyed my time with the band (2016-2021). I toured Europe, released one full-length album, 5 EPs, and nine singles, including the hugely successful cover of (Don't Fear) The Reaper, which appeared in Russell Crowe's movie Unhinged. Not many people know that I sung that track. Now you know!
In 2017, after many years of composing and releasing music as a solo artist under my own name, I became sick of being Jessica Bell and created a crazier and ballsier alter-ego, BRUNO. I released a few electronic pop/rock singles, and a full-length album (I SAID NO) in 2017. The most listened song so far is, Breathe In. But my sound switches up quite a lot.
I began my career as a graphic designer when I self-published my first book as an author, a poetry collection called Twisted Velvet Chains, back in 2011. Being the type of person that 100% believes in the phrase ‘if there is a will there is a way,’ I embarked on a self-taught design journey. 1) Because I was penniless, and 2) Because I’ve always loved a creative challenge.
Very soon after my design debut, I started designing book covers for author friends as favours. I didn’t charge back then, as it was just a fun way to make use of my creative energy. Until one of my friends told me I had talent, and that I should start a business. I took her advice, and since then I have designed hundreds of covers for indie, traditional, and hybrid authors, many of which have hit bestseller lists, and won awards. A few have even graced the shelves of WH Smiths at Heathrow airport.
Being an author myself, I fully understand the need to be able to incorporate your vision into your book cover. I allow you to do this while simultaneously hitting the right target audience, nailing a professional design, and adding a bit of extra artistic flair.
Photograph by Tasos Giannakakis.
In addition to having published a memoir, five novels, four poetry collections, and various bestselling writing and publishing guides, I have been featured in a variety of publications and ABC Radio National shows such as Writer's Digest, Publisher's Weekly, Mamam!a, Life Matters, and Poetica.
VINE LEAVES PRESS
I am the publisher of Vine Leaves Press, a small press with feet all over the globe. We publish approximately thrity books per year and are therefore very selective. The kinds of books we publish are: book-length vignette collections, writing reference books, short story collections, memoir/autobiography, and novels (all genres with a literary bent).
Where the art of self-publishing meets the precision of traditional publishing. Our streamlined approach ensures a straightforward, hassle-free experience, so you can focus on your passion for writing, while we handle the rest. We offer a singular, no-nonsense process that consistently delivers high-quality books, just the way they should be.
At Artracks Recording Studios in 2017. Photograph by Clyde Jabra.
Since 2005 I've been the hired voice for many children's books, language learning tools, exam materials, toys/games, video adverts, radio spots, songs, and jingles. If you're interested in using my voice for your project, please click the button below to email me directly. If you're also in need of a sound engineer and recording studio, please contact George Priniotakis at Artracks Recording Studios to book us both in at the same time.
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