Recently Revell's art director contacted me about the cover for The Colonel's Lady. The art team is ready to begin work on it and I'm so excited! I told her about our lively discussion here regarding cover ideas, blue dress and all:) And she wanted to take a look at your comments! Thanks again for each and every one.
Once upon a time, TCL was The Locket, as you may remember. But I won't tell you any more than this as the locket itself is so key to the plot. No spoilers by this author:) Suffice it to say, I love antique jewelry. Many 18th-century lockets contained tiny portraits or locks of hair. I did ask that a locket be included on the cover. I always pray about the cover art. It really is the essence of the book or should be.
In a few more days I'll send the TCL manuscript into my editor. It's been fun this go round to develop a timeline for the book. I also wrote my first 'author's note'. Am wondering if readers ever read those brief pages (or page) at the back of the book that explains a bit about the history or events in the novel? Well, I loved doing it and hope it adds to the reading experience. History hands us so many fascinating things. It's a joy to elaborate a bit about what is fiction and what is fact before telling the reader goodbye.
I'm always a little sad to come to the end of a story. It's been such fun spending 400 pages with a mature woman this time after 2 teenagers:) I love Lael and Morrow but Roxanna is a breath of fresh air! Hopefully you'll feel the same. I can't wait for you to meet her.
Meanwhile, it's sunny and warm here at last. We just heard that this summer is the hottest on record for the entire country. Personally, I'd like the end of July to last forever. School begins here September 1 and then it's another book project to begin for me. I'm looking forward to telling you more about that soon, too.
Do you see a need in the Christian market for a certain type of book or series? What genre do you prefer or what type story would you like to see more of?