Some of my favorite posts here on Inspired by Life…and Fiction have been those telling how our book covers came to be. I’ve loved seeing the photo shoots, the model makeovers, dressmaking, settings…the whole thing! Seeing a final book cover has to be one of the most exciting moments in the life process of any book.
I immediately loved this new cover for Draagkracht (which translates Capacity) but I also thought it looked a bit familiar. Yet I couldn’t quite put my finger on why.
And then I was skimming through some of the older posts on this blog, and there it was! On the cover of my dear friend and critique partner’s novel—the German translation of The Inheritance by Tamera Alexander!
We’ve shared first peeks at covers for almost a dozen years now, reading everything the other writes, and sharing this crazy business in so many ways. Tammy has made me a better writer, but more than that, she’s made me a better person, often helping me see things from a different, more heavenly-minded perspective.
Here we are ten years ago, when Tammy and her husband Joe came for a visit. I don’t think either of us dreamed back then that we’d still be writing, still be critique partners, still be watching each other’s kids grow up and sharing so much of life (even if our chances to get together in person are too few and far between).
Here’s a question for you: Does anyone know what is in the spoons on Deb’s cover? What do the Dutch drink with tea? Round sugar “cubes”? Marshmallows? Anyone have a guess? We don’t know!