Friday, December 27, 2013
The Story Behind the Cover -- With Autumn's Return
As you can see, once again, Cheryl VanAndel, Revell's Art Director, has given me a fabulous cover. What you may not know is how that cover was developed.
The first step was to choose the model. It took two tries and an extensive search for an appropriate wardrobe, but Cheryl finally found the perfect woman to portray Elizabeth. Once the model was chosen, she gave me a choice of several different gowns, including this one.
Once the gown was selected, it was time for the photo shoot. Out of all the pictures, Cheryl selected two and asked for my opinion.
This, as you can see, became the photo for the cover. You'll notice that it was flipped so that the model had a pose similar to those on the previous two Westward Winds covers.
Next came the background. As was true for the other two Westward Winds books, Cheryl used one of my husband's photographs. I was delighted! In case you were wondering, the building is the Union Pacific Railroad depot, which was completed at the time With Autumn's Return takes place. It's still a major landmark in Cheyenne, although the city no longer has passenger rail traffic. Thanks to talented artists and Photoshop, the modern elements like the tables and planters, were replaced with more historically correct grass.
The whole process took months, but at last we had a finished cover. I hope you agree with me that it's a winner.