Jennifer Parker, the graphic designer who has designed all four of the covers for my Bethany House novels, is a very gracious person. I may have a bit of a frustrated graphic designer within me because I always ask Jennifer inquisitive questions about my covers. She always answers them with great patience. She sends me ‘behind the scenes scoop’ on the creation of my covers. And I send her thank you cards. You’re wonderful, Jennifer! I’d also like to thank Skye, the beautiful model on the front of A Love Like Ours and her mom, Lori. Skye and Lori were fantastic about answering my questions and sending me candid pictures. Next time I blog, I’ll be sharing an interview with Skye!
Here’s a peek at the photo shoot that resulted in the cover of A Love Like Ours….
Because my Porter Family series is set in Texas on a Thoroughbred racehorse ranch, the art department at Bethany has made the effort to shoot each of the Porter Family covers at an actual ranch. Bethany is based in Minneapolis, so the horse ranch they’ve used is near there. When you look at the finished covers, you can’t necessarily tell that they were shot at a ranch. But it’s a fun detail to know. And in my opinion the setting is ideal because of its open spaces, fences, light, brightly green grass. See what I mean?
A few candids from the shoot:
Once Jennifer receives the photographs she goes to work and creates various cover ‘mock ups’ to take to a meeting that includes the creative, sales, and editorial teams. Together they decide which cover concept to go with. Here are three of the runner-up covers for A Love Like Ours.
What do you think, everyone? Comments? Questions about the cover process? Which of the three runner-up covers do you like best?