Creating, choosing or sourcing covers can be a bit of a nightmare but worth the effort, if you hope to attract readers. Maria Savva shares the story behind the cover for her latest book.
It’s always difficult deciding on a cover for a book. I like my book covers to say a bit about the book contents and admit to being a bit of a control freak about them.
I have a Facebook friend, who is also a photographer, Martin David Porter, of Mart’s Arts Photography. In the past when I’ve commented on his photographs he’s often said that if I want a photo for a book cover I should ask. So I approached Martin when looking for a photo for Delusion and Dreams. He sent me a couple of suggestions, but I had by then decided that I wanted a picture of a daisy.
I thought a daisy might be nice because it links in well with both delusion and dreams. Daisies are often used for the game, ‘he loves me, he loves me not’, where someone picks off the petals of a flower to get an answer to this burning question. To believe the answer could be seen as delusion.
I found a photograph of a daisy on morguefile.com, so was going to use that. Then Martin sent me a picture of a daisy that he had taken, and that was nice, so I was confused.
Then I had the idea of sketching the daisy photo that I had found on morguefile. I like drawing, and thought that it would be nice to have original art on the cover. I used my own art for the cover of The Dream, Pieces of a Rainbow, and Haunted. I did start drawing the daisy, but then realised it was going to take a long time to get it exactly right. While all this was going on, Martin posted a new photo to his Facebook page one day, and as soon as I saw it I knew it would be perfect for Delusion and Dreams. For me, the image of the birds flying represents a wonderful sense of freedom and escape (like a dream). The dark side of the photo is great because there is a dark side to many of the stories in the book. I like the ‘God’s light’ also, which adds an extra dimension.
For the paperback version, I also have another photo on the back cover that Martin sent me, which I think is beautiful. The original daisy photo that I was going to use for the cover, appears in my book trailer.
I hope my readers love the cover as much as I do.
Please visit Mart’s Arts Photography on Facebook. Martin mainly takes band/gig photos, but also has lots
of great nature photos on his page:
Twelve stories of betrayal, greed, revenge, deception, dreams, and courage. We all struggle to find our
way. What you see isn’t necessarily all there is. This collection takes you into the grey area, because the world is never just black and white. Life is all about perspective. One person’s delusion is another person’s dream. Includes five bonus stories.
Maria Savva lives and works in London. She studied Law at Middlesex University and The College of Law. She is a lawyer, although not currently practising law. She writes novels and short stories in different genres, including drama, psychological thriller, and family saga. Many of her books and stories are inspired by her years working as a lawyer, although she has not written a courtroom drama to date. Her most recent novel is Haunted, a crime fiction/psychological thriller.
Buy links for Delusion and Dreams:
Amazon UK: HYPERLINK “http://www.amazon.co.uk/Delusion-and-Dreams-ebook/dp/B00D0EHJHA/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1369585340&sr=8-6&keywords=delusion+and+dreams” http://www.amazon.co.uk/Delusion-and-Dreams-ebook/dp/B00D0EHJHA/