As a first-time author, there’s so much I’m learning through this journey. Some things are easy, and some things are not so easy. What keeps me going through the not so easy, are those things that create excitement – being inspired by an idea, being almost finished with a book, and being finished with a book. There’s a new one for me I’m now putting squarely in the middle of that list – seeing my book cover come to life.
For Stolen, since I set my mind last summer to write my first novel, dancing around in the back of my brain has been a picture. It was a very vivid picture. It was more than a concept. In my brain, it was real. I could see it, feel it, and touch it. It wasn’t a maybe this or a maybe that. It was the cover. I could even see the bold, red letters across the top. Being a control freak isn’t easy. It sometimes means giving over creative control to someone better equipped to make the magic happen. But that’s exactly what I did, and all I can say is how incredibly thrilled I am with how graphic artist, Tim Fitzpatrick, was able to take what was burning in my mind and bring it to life in such an amazing and accurate way. I’m thrilled to give you a look at the Stolen book cover – coming soon to an Amazon near you!
I’m equally happy to introduce the cover of The Waiting Room, which started out more as a concept. I gave Tim a run for his money on this one, as I used the best of my graphical non-gifts to sketch out the mirage of shapes, all competing for what would eventually become the final cover below. Although it’s simple, he gets a medal for both patience and translation on this one.
Book covers are important. It will be what people see first. It will be what gives them a feel for what they’re going to read. It will have the power to pull someone in or push them away. With Stolen, I wanted to draw in my thriller peeps and let them know I had something mysterious and exciting to share. For The Waiting Room, I wanted something with a happy, airy, and uplifting feel. This will be the first of a four-book series – they will look similar but have different focus topics. I expect those books to trickle out one-by-one over the next year, with another thriller in the middle somewhere.
For full descriptions of both books, visit the Books page.
I hope you enjoyed getting some insights into how these were developed. If you have comments or reactions, leave them using the comment feature – I’d love to hear what you think!