I value all my friends. But I truly worship those who have artistic ability. Sometimes they can draw something better than I can describe it, sometimes they can convey mood, emotion, and setting with a few clicks of the computer. This time my friend Cynthia Martinez of YKM Reviews has made a book cover I could never come close to creating myself:
Isn’t it gorgeous? I think she nailed Arabella and Regan in this image and caught the mood of my book. She used the exact same scene my mother used to make me a book cover for the same book. However, Cynthia had a completely different vision of that scene than my mother.
I’m picky and specific so poor Cynthia went through a few drafts to produce this one. I’m sure she wanted to strangle me a few times but if she did, she hid it well. The fact we communicated via email probably helped.
This is not an official cover but it could be. Don’t you think? But so could my mother’s.
My book is still being edited. Actually, right now, I’m barely holding onto the precipice of time. I want to start editing my book now, which I’m currently calling The Land of Blood and Sunlight. But I’m holding out, waiting for my self-mandated break comes to pass, December 26. What does it mean when you’re more excited about being able to edit a book than opening Christmas presents? Is it old age?
Anyways, I’ll be printing this image out and hanging it on the wall, as I did with my mothers. Hopefully it will inspire me when the writing is slow, when I’m in a “I’m a horrible writer” mood or any other time. And when the image isn’t needed for my writing, it’ll look pretty on the wall.
Simply because I think they deserve recognition, both Cynthia Martinez and my mother are willing to do some freelance stuff. Cynthia is more into designing things on a computer, website, logos, book covers etc. Mom is more into working at her easel, portraits, scenes, book covers. They both worked on projects with me through online communication. If you’re interested, I’d be willing to provide contact information for either artist. Just get a hold of me.