The ‘Meet the Contributors’ for Issue 88 of Crack the Spine is up, and I’m in it! My story, ‘To Love a Forest Fire’ will be coming out. Feel free to leave comments on it, let me know how you feel about it, both to let me know how I’m doing as an author, and to let the Crack the Spine staff know if you’d want ‘To Love a Forest Fire’ to be included in one of the upcoming ‘Best of’ print anthologies!
Without further ado, please put your hands together for the lovely cover designed by Mockingbird Lane Press’ ‘covergirl’ Jaime:
You’ll have to forgive the graininess of this picture- it was taken from my phone since I have no working camera and was nowhere near a scanner when I first did this…
But here is the watercolor concept that I painted myself, with the two previous picture-influences in mind.
I promised that I would post some cover art concepts, didn’t I?
When thinking about what I wanted for the cover, it was important to me that the book connected to an element that was integral to both the original classic, as well as to my own re-imaging. What better image than a rose?
The first image that caught my eye was this beautifully watercolored rose. When the manuscript was still in its draft stages, this image was a bit of a continuing inspiration for me. I wish I could tell you who originally did this piece- as it is beautiful- but to be honest, it was just something that jumped out at me from Google images. (If you know who did this piece, please comment below and let me know!).
The second image was this photographed rose. Isn’t it beautiful the way that the leaves seem to hug in towards the dying bud, like it’s trying to hide the sight of it’s withered petals? I felt like this was a wonderful representation of a lot of the conflicts going on in the hearts of the main characters- Adam, Jolee and Chip to say the least- and offers a particular view of their souls.