So much of a writer’s life is putting words together, making story happen. It’s not news how much I love that. But as an artist, I have to say I’m falling in love with cover design. Can’t claim to be a pro or even that great, but I have had quite a fun (obsessive) time creating the cover for my upcoming release Told You Twice. (coming in July.)
First there’s the photo shoot. It’s tricky to get all the elements working together. The right expression, good placement and interaction in the models, and—in this series—the hand language to go with the titles. I know people might not notice or care, but I can’t resist the fingers representing the words and so on.
Here’s where it started:
Once I pick the photo, the artsy part begins, endless creative and constructive possibilities. For instance the lead guy is blond and scruffy, so that was my first challenge, but it’s really just like drawing with a few nifty tricks thrown in. Choosing backgrounds was especially important for me this time because front and back represent elements in the plot. I also want to have the right feel to match the story. Grace and Devin had their struggles in Told You So, but here the suspense ramps up for Bo Corrigan and Devin’s cousin, Alexis. Told You Twice is a transformative tale that had me pretty worried for a while. While writing, I told some friends, “I hope Bo survives.”
Here’s where the cover went:
If you’d like to know what this one’s about, here is the blurb:
From the lights of Broadway to the streets of Hell’s Kitchen, winning her heart might cost him everything
Alexis Murphy is done messing with the wrong kinds of men. She could not be happier planning a personalized Grace Evangeline wedding with her fiancé, Jeffrey, who is so right for her. Or is he?
Stage star and spokesmodel, Bo Corrigan, could be the ultimate disruption. Alexis—Exi—is caught by his talent and sexual magnetism. Yet under the glow, she senses trouble, not only danger from Bo’s past mistakes, but something inside tearing him apart.
From the moment Bo sees Exi, he knows she’s special, but not only that—she’s real. Unlike the theater scene he’s been immersed in, she sees the man he is and won’t stop until she’s reached inside and brought that person from despair to life … if only they have time.
With violent forces against them, can they get beyond the damage to love that heals and restores?