Cover art is an ongoing drama for writers. Sometimes we love it. Sometimes we don’t. Sometimes we have input and sometimes we’re only allowed to give a vague general idea. I can’t really blame the artists who work on my books for anything. I’m notorious for being extremely poor at filling out cover art request forms. If I’m not quite as happy as I could be, it’s entirely up to me to make appropriate suggestions, but as an artist, I’d make a really great doorstop. I have no artistic talent, in terms of images, whatsoever.
This is probably true of a lot of authors. I’m a word person. When I listen to music, words are what I remember. When I take a test, I need my question to be put into words, often I don’t make the appropriate associations if the question involves a picture. For example, if you were to ask me, “branch is to leaves as hand is to ?” I would answer “Fingers.” But if you were to show me a picture of a branch and some leaves, I would spend all my time figuring out what you are trying to ask. Is the question about colors? Brown and green? Or is it about size? Or photosynthesis? These things are difficult for me. Recently I took a personality test that consisted of a series of pictures, and I couldn’t answer ONE.
Which means, I guess, that without words, I don’t actually have a personality.
At any rate, I’m shit at filling out cover art sheets. But I think the folks at Samhain absolutely nailed it when they redid the cover of Crossing Borders.
Red hair, check
Blue eyes, OMG check.
Insouciance. Innocence. Mischief. Check, check, check.
Bravo, Samhain! Available for pre-order at All Romance Ebooks!