Hi, everyone! I hope you’re having a great week! Mine is kind of nuts, but that’s okay :D. Kids are getting ready for spring break and we’re going on a For Real family vacation! Yay!
But I also have a recent book release! Glimpsing Hope came out late last month, and I do love the story!
Even more, though, I love the cover ;).
At least the people on it.
So today, I thought I’d share a little bit about how it came about.
The bottom half is easy… The heroines in this series are all in the yarn industry, so the bottom of the first two have yarn (the third has fiber ready to be spun into yarn).
The yarn was provided by Show Me Yarn – a name you’re familiar with if you’ve read the books! The company is owned by a very dear friend of mine – and two of her friends. Since we first brainstormed these heroines, she introduced me to the other two. Every time I go out to hang out with them while they work, I find something new to love about her partners ;). Whether it’s dinosaurs and Doctor Who or food we love, it’s been fantastic getting to know them. I’ve also learned they don’t like my idea to name all of the yarn “preeeeettty” or some variation thereof ;). But I did take all of the yarn pictures myself.
But what about the people?
The little girl… Her name in the story is Bailey. One of my oldest friends had a little girl named Bailey. The real Bailey’s time on Earth wasn’t long, but she’s safe in the arms of Jesus. She touched so many while she was here – and her family continues to. I chose the name to honor my friends and their little girl. That’s also why the ladybug – because ladybugs and Bailey go together.
Bailey wasn’t in the original photo because I didn’t know Bailey existed (in the fictional sense) until a couple weeks before I started writing! I turned around (in my head) and there was this little girl standing there going, “Hello?! What about me?!” (Yes, I know that makes me sound crazy ;). Writers and crazy go together :D.) I dug around in my favorite stock photo site until I found a little girl who looked enough like what I wanted and downloaded the pictures. But… My friend and her husband are redheads – as are all of their children! So of course this Bailey had to be a red head too! I don’t know much about Photoshop, but I can usually change hair color (and in this case, shirt and headband, too to closer match the others).
As for the hero and heroine and little boy… They are also very near and dear to my heart – because I’m related to them! The photo shoot was done by my friend Keli of Captivating by Keli a couple years ago (when I didn’t know how long it was going to take to get to this book :p). The heroine is really my niece and the hero is her husband! Amber and Ryan are totally adorable together, and they were perfect for this! But the heroine had a little boy. Where better to find a “matching” one than Amber’s cousin – who also happens to be my son :D. He had so much fun on this shoot! He adores Amber and getting to hang out with Ryan for a couple hours was his little boy dream come true!
For the layout… I’d already done the cover for Discovering Home, so I knew what the general formula for the layout would be. Pop in the appropriate pictures (and be grateful I’d taken some of yarn that went with the top picture), and voila! Cover!
And the final product!
Glimpsing Hope is available on Amazon now!
So there you have it! Behind the scenes of cover creation! What’s your favorite kind of cover? With faces? Without? People or no? What if the cover doesn’t look like the description of the character*?
I do all of my own covers and (usually!) enjoy doing them! I did one this week that I can’t wait to share (yeah – gotta write the book first ;))! This week is crazy busy for me, but I’ll be in and out starting this afternoon! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!