I know it’s cliché but books are to authors like babies: we conceive and birth them, nurture and when ready, set them free for the world to enjoy them. We root for their successes (raving reviews) and hurt for their failures (poor reviews).
They are part of us as much as we are of them. Exactly like babies. And exactly like babies they are so different than one another. We have a different relationship with each book like parents with their kids. Some books are easier to write than others and we are ready to pop open a bottle of champagne as soon as we write “the end”. Others take their sweet time to develop. “Birthing” such book equals days of intense labor, blood and sweat. Instead of champagne you reach for something with a higher alcohol % because you’re not only relieved it’s over but also so, so ready to finally have it . . . done.
A WORLD APART was such a book for me. After two years of intense research on the Iraq invasion, a plotline that came to a dead end halfway through the novel and Cassandra, the main heroine, going on a silence strike for a few months, I was beyond ready to be done with it. My only consolation was . . . David, the main hero, who kept me company (not to mention how hot he was!).
Stuck in a weird place, I began searching for images, in hopes that, by the time I have picked the cover, the story will flow again. Little did I know that as soon as I found the right images, Cassandra talked again and a much needed twist in the plot came to me during . . . a shower. “The end” was within my grasp.
Now, several years after A WORLD APART was published I came to the conclusion that the cover—while it represented Cassandra and David perfectly—is not representing one of the main aspects of the book, which is its strong military flavor.
I had to repair this injustice, which brought me to discovering a tremendously talented cover designer in Rachel @ No Sweat Graphics. The name of her company—No Sweat Graphics—couldn’t be better fitted. She is a GEM to work with, super professional, punctual and very affordable. I just wish I discovered her earlier; a lot of my sweat would’ve been avoided.
I’m ready to say goodbye to the old cover of A WORLD APART and present you the new one. Counting days, I invite you to return for the grand cover reveal scheduled for May 25th. I’d be delighted if you stop by to see it and to enter a giveaway for a $25.00 gift card at a retailer of your choice (Amazon, B&N or Starbucks 😉 )