I’ve been really thrilled with the covers for my Shadow Guard series. One thing that happened that I really didn’t expect, was that I actually got some input. For example, the cover for NIGHT FALLS DARKLY is based on an actual scene for the book where Archer, Lord Black, is standing at the base of St. Botolph’s steeple, looking out over London’s Whitchapel district. I submitted the scene with my ideas for my book’s cover conference.
A cover conference is where your editor asks you to send in some character and plot information, and some ideas for artwork, and then they go in and meet whoever from the art department. Mystery Art Department Person/People.
I also received a really nice e-mail from the historical costumers who costumed the model, Nathan Kamp. They asked what Archer might be wearing. I also got to specify the weapon he’d be holding.
When I saw the final result, I was truly speechless. It’s really amazing to see something you’ve created in words, come to life as a vision.
For my upcoming April release, DARKER THAN NIGHT, one of my ideas was that my hero be shown with dark raven’s wings, because he’s the Ravenmaster of the Tower of London. The wings got nixed — instead (see below), I just got “yummy”. Hey, I can’t complain!