As I mentioned in last week's post, I was approached by the Solstice marketing dept in regards to creating the cover to my debut adult fantasy novel Line 21.
After that initial e-mail, I proceeded to spend the next week and a half working with the very talented cover artist Kelly Abell, in creating just the right cover for my novel. And let me tell you, it wasn't easy working with me, as I immediately started going off in all kinds of tangents with what I had wanted for a cover.
However, Ms. Abell was more than capable in harnessing and channelling the plethora of tangents into one coherent and lucid thought.
Starting with a basic scene of sand and surf, she managed to take all the snippets of plot points that I was throwing out with each successive e-mail, and create a series of covers that proceeded to inch closer and closer to not only what I wanted, but to what the book was about.
Last Saturday (4/28), after Ms. Abell did one last tweak, I was able to 100% approve the cover for my debut adult fantasy novel, Line 21 (please click on this link for a five page preview).
And in keeping with the quality of trouble that I seem to attract every spring, this cover will continue that excellent tradition of me attracting the wrong kind of attention at work to my extracurricular activities.
Sometimes, it really does takes a whole lot of hard work just to maintain the platinum persona that is me.