"My book title kept changing and with each change I had a book cover designed. I would hang the book cover on the door of my office so before I began my day of writing I would look at the cover and it helped me to focus on my message.
"I wanted the book cover to be simple, and have one photographic image that could sum up the book. When I saw the cover, I thought it was really close to perfect, a joint effort between the artist and me.
"The only change to the final design was the color [on the galley, the background is white]. A stock photograph was used, but enhanced with Photoshop to include icons that represented the message from the book.
"I am proud of my cover and feel it represents the overall feel of the book. The book is about my spiritual journey, which at first took me around the world and so the suitcase on my cover is a perfect iconic symbol for the book. What I discovered is the spiritual journey is actually an inward journey, which requires that we each find our own path and travel down it at our own pace. I think the red suitcase is powerful and intense, against the blue background which is soothing and peaceful."
Thanks, Michelle! Color can create such a mood, and I love the idea of power and peace together.
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Melissa Walker is the author of five Young Adult novels, including the Violet trilogy, Lovestruck Summer and the just-published Small Town Sinners. She is co-creator of the popular teen newsletter I Heart Daily and the awkward-stage blog Before You Were Hot, as well as the blogger for readergirlz.com. Her author blog, where Cover Stories originated, is melissacwalker.com.
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