Hi Friends, I come from a family of artists, including my mom, Dorothy Swain, and my grandfather, Ed Brown. When I was young, my mom put a paintbrush in my hand and encouraged me to use my creativity. I don’t paint or draw often now, instead I channel my creativity into writing, flower arranging, and creating a peaceful and pretty home. But I do use some of my artistic skills to create images for book promotion, to share my faith, and to offer encouragement. When it’s time to create a new cover for one of my books, I enjoy putting on my artist’s hat.
It Takes a Team
There are several people who are involved in creating my book covers. I’m grateful my publishing team invites me to be involved in the process. The first step is for me to share information about the story and characters and give design suggestions. I send those, along with images from my Pinterest book board, to my editor, and she shares them with the design team.
No Journey Too Far is the sequel to No Ocean Too Wide. We wanted to the covers to be similar, but to also look unique. The designer was able to accomplish that by choosing the same basic layout, with two people and a mode of transportation, as well as using the same font for the title. The designer made it different than No Ocean Too Wide by using an opposite color scheme and showing the couple as adults rather than children, and showing the train instead of the ship.
Take a Closer Look
These are the preliminary designs that were considered. They used the working title, A Promise to Keep, which was eventually changed to No Journey Too Far.
My editor liked the first design on the left, but I thought the man and woman looked older than my characters, and I didn’t sense much of an emotional connection between them. I liked the next cover, but the couple looked like a brother and sister, and I wanted to show the idea of romance with the couple.