The cover for Dear Poet felt a bit painstaking. Paris Andren shared with me many a web site to look for premade covers and we tossed back and forth ideas often. I hummed…I hawed…I said a lot of things would make do, BUT WHO WANTS TO MAKE A BOOK THAT WILL JUST DO?? Not I. I needed to love it. Paris gave me the idea that I could always commission an artist, but that was risky, and I know my personality. If I got an artist to do it, and I didn’t love it, I would a) feel bad, b) use it anyways, or c) slink off into the background and hope they didn’t notice I didn’t use it anyways.
So I mentioned it to another writer friend of mine and she said, have you ever seen @sparksflyidraw on IG? I had never, so I went to IG and flipped through her work. My word!! Gifted hand, gentle, not obtuse or over the top busy. It was simple beauty. I scrolled through to this picture and then I just knew ! I texted her, emailed her, left notes in the comments!! Frantic wanting it to be mine. And worried like someone would come up behind me and snatch it.
It spoke exactly what I wanted prayers to a poet to look like: delicate, provocative, beautiful, sensual all falling off the lips of the supplicant.
She finally contacted me back and we worked together over the marvels of WhatsApp. Then went back to Paris Andren who with program and fonts, made it look a bit like thorns from the rose were in the font and petals graced the interior section of the book until we got to this.
And what pleasure comes from seeing process result in product. A product of collaboration between artists that could never have happened otherwise. I cannot say it enough, but indebted to Paris I will be. For her patience and her equal desire for me to love it and not just be good with it.
Community is everywhere. And I am so grateful to have gifted artists in my presence. xo
If you want to pick up a copy of Dear Poet you can in either Kindle or paperback on Amazon. With a few chances at book launches locally in the near future I hope. Blessings x