Well, let’s answer one question. Did I WANT to change my covers?
The answer? No. Initially, anyway. I really, really liked my cover. I designed it myself over the course of weeks and somehow convinced my publisher to USE my designs. It was the design of my first published book ever. I LOVE that cover.
So, why did I change it? A couple of reasons.
- It was a BEAST to make. I studied graphic design North Carolina A&T State University and I’ve been tinkering around in graphic design programs since I was a teenager. This still was a hard process to get through. Now with me being an indie author, the time to devote to making another one of those bad boys was not feasible.
- The angel statue was significant. It showed warrior angels, but it also shows angels in through, and in deliberation, aiding the warrior angel. Probably would have been great for book two. Going through THOUSANDS of stock photos to find some statue…of an angel…that was symbolically significant was DIFFICULT
- I honestly believe Jin needs the cover. She needs to be seen on the cover. I think this wonderful woman, this BLACK woman, this resilient woman needed to be on the cover. When I travel down the speculative fiction row, I see a lot of faces that aren’t mine. Which is, just the way it is. I thought it was very important that I show this beautiful black woman on the cover of a genre that doesn’t often see faces like hers.
So, Jin will cover the covers. Because although this story is about an ensemble of characters, this story is uniquely hers. I feel proud to have her on the cover. I feel proud to call her my heroine.