Last Fall when WaterBrook Designer, Kristopher Orr, started planning the cover for A Refuge at Highland Hall, he invited me to give feedback about the choice of cover models and the costume she would wear. We also discussed the setting and mood and what else we could include on the cover to draw readers into the story.
I wanted Penny Ramsey’s clothing to show that the story is set in 1915. We found several dresses that looked like they fit the period and could be rented from a theatrical costume company for the photo shoot . . . but we couldn’t find the perfect hat.
I decided to “Google” Edwardian Hats, and that search took me to Etsy where I discovered Darna Michie and East Angel Harbor Hats. After exchanging a few emails, Darna very graciously agreed to design a hat for us for a very reasonable price. My publisher paid the same amount they would’ve spent to rent a hat, and I chipped in the rest, with the understanding they would send me the hat after the photo shoot.
As you can see from the cover shoot photos above, the dress was more blue than we realized, so Kristopher did a little photoshop magic to adjust the color of the dress to match the hat. I think the dress color in the final design is just right!
Thank you Kristopher, for your amazing work on my covers! Thank you Darna, for designing such a special hat. It really gives the cover that authentic look, and we’ve already received so many complements.
I love to dress up in costume for speaking events related to my books, and I can’t wait to wear this lovely hat and the dress that was made to look very similar to the one on the cover!
I’ll be wearing them at the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Conference Genre Dinner next week in Dallas. I’ll wear them again for the Open House, celebrating the release of A Refuge at Highland Hall, at my home in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, Saturday October 17th 2:00 – 4:00pm. And you’ll find me dressed up at the Paris in a Cup Costume Tea Party on Saturday October 31st, 11:00 and 2:30, in Orange, California. I’d love to meet you at one of these events! For more information, please visit my Extra Page at my website.
Do you like to dress in period costumes or wear unique hats? Please tell me more!