Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Behind the Cover: Waiting for Spring
I've always known that a lot of planning and work went into a book cover, but nowhere was that more apparent to me than in the cover for Waiting for Spring. One of the first steps is to select a model. Normally I don't know who the model is, but this time, her mother contacted me, so I know that the beautiful woman who was selected to portray Charlotte is Eleanor Holm.
Once she was chosen, the next challenge became finding a dress that was appropriate for Charlotte. Since Charlotte was the premier dressmaker and designer in Cheyenne, she needed a very special gown. Enter Sally Clark of Sally C Designs. She custom made this gorgeous silk gown for my cover.
And then there's the background design. I was absolutely delighted when Revell's art director incorporated one of my photographs. (Okay, I'll admit it. I didn't take this picture. My husband did.) It's a building that's still standing in Cheyenne, the Tivoli.
And then came the magic part -- the designer putting all the elements together to create the final product. I couldn't be happier with it. What do you think? Is there anything you'd change?