I know writers who wouldn’t think of looking anywhere outside their heads for images of what their characters look like. And I know writers who find real people to base their character’s physical traits on before they begin writing their stories. I fall somewhere between these extremes. No living person will ever perfectly match the image I have in my head of Willa, Neil, Joseph, Richard, Anni, Francis, Pine Bird and Owl, because I didn’t base them off anyone living to begin with. But it’s fun to keep an eye out for their faces in a crowd, or a movie or magazine. Maybe characters have their twins out there, somewhere.
And when a cover designer nails it… well lets just say the cover of Burning Sky is a huge part of this dream come true for me as a writer. Naturally I spent my fair share of time daydreaming about what my first book cover might look like. So I’m happy now to share with you a peek behind the scenes of Burning Sky‘s official cover journey. A huge thank you to Kristopher Orr for compiling the photos and writing the accompanying text!
This is a round one comp when the book was still titled Willa. The composite image has the foreground rock outcroppings with the Mohawk character standing on the ridge.
Still in flux about which shot of Willa to use…
There were a lot of fans blowing a lot of air!
We landed the final art early on, but then spent a long time tweaking things to get it right. At one point we diverted away entirely as seen on these comps at round 3.
Sometimes the swiftest path to the final artwork is a long trek through the wilds of new ideas. One great thing about these comps are that they helped land us into the right color palette.
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But for now… I have a copy here of Burning Sky that might just have your name on it. Leave a comment below and let me know what you think of the book’s cover journey. To be eligible for the drawing you MUST leave your email address in the comment too, so I can contact you if you are the winner.
This one’s for US residents only. I’ll leave this drawing open until Thursday 9pm, Pacific Time, and announce the winner Friday the 16th.
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