I thought I would post a picture of the cover for my latest novel to be published on the 30th May. (Robert Hale Limited). I am thrilled with it as it truly encapsulates the atmosphere of the story.
I am very attracted to covers, if you see a host of books in the book store what attracts your eye? If you're looking for a specific favourite author, then you have only to look for their name, but if you are browsing for something to read, your eyes have to be attracted to a cover that is colourful. That is why the Illustrator is, to my mind, vital to the process. I know that David Young the illustrator of my cover, had to have dipped into the book, or read it, because he has captured two very different aspects of the story!
Covers that I don't really like are those that picture "real people" I am put right off the story because in my mind I can imagine what the hero or heroine look like, with a real life picture half the magic is gone. No, let the artist do his or her magic...that is what I like. I wonder what you think?