This is way too exciting to wait until my next newsletter.
Here it is. Ta-DA! Designed by Aaron Yeagle, this is the cover for Blackthorn, my soon-to-be-released gothic novel!
The book is written, but it’s not done yet. It’s not baked. At this stage, consider that it is in a warm room, rising. It will go into the oven soon.
The cover, like any other stage of this process, has taken place over several weeks. A few images here, some conversations there, a lot of back and forth, more images. And then Aaron went for it. Photo, typeface, tagline, every little detail is a collaboration, with him at the helm of the design process, sending ideas and mockups.
This is so much fun!
Our last hang-up, after a few iterations, was the thorny branch. Don’t ask me how Aaron accomplished this, but the thorns finally made their way my computer screen, and they are perfect.
There is a lot of symbolism surrounding the blackthorn plant, and its relationship with humans as a food and tonic goes back thousands of years. Its spiritual and healing qualities were well known to the Druids. Harry Potter’s wand was made of blackthorn. Irish men used hard-as-ebony blackthorn clubs as weapons. Blackthorn can herald dark deities or protect against evil. If you have a hawthorn in your back yard, observe its spines. Hawthorn and blackthorn are sister plants.
Blackthorn fruit is a dark berry called sloe. Does anyone know that vile concoction known as sloe gin? I will rest my case.