Designing a book cover is not that easy when you aren’t an artist. I consider myself a Visionary Doodler. Which means I can create the most elaborate images in my mind and doodle them on paper. Only a true artist can take my doodle and make it coherent. Ok, maybe I’m not that bad; however I’m definitely a far cry from my lovely cousin. She once drew my vision as I described it to her. #MyCousinIsBetterThanYours
When I was in the process of writing The Other Side of the Fence, I wasn’t sure what the cover should look like. I tossed some ideas around such as a girl sitting; her back to the fence with her hand through the links touching the grass on the other side. Fashion is not my ministry; I had no clue what she would be wearing. All of my ideas for clothes always led back to jam-jams or sweat pants.
I should note that it took me several years to write this book. I will save that conversation for a vlog. Circa 2011 I was ready to make the cover. My friends John and CQ know all things fashion. My BFF Kia is a photographer. I told John and CQ my vision and they immediately went to work.
Choosing a model took some time. I knew I wanted a woman of color on the cover and I would know which one when I saw her. I sifted through my Facebook friends and even their friends. I went through models John and CQ had worked with. That’s when I found Christine. She immediately ceased the search. Honestly, I can’t fully describe how I knew she was the one. There was something about her eyes that captivated my attention.
On one of our random trips to Mrs. Anne’s house (the seamstress), John says that there is a fence that I need to see. We ended up in Lizard Lick, NC. The location was PERFECT! Be sure to check out the vlog for the behind the scenes video and the photo album for pictures.
I didn’t have any money to pay everyone. In fact, I told CQ the most I can do is pay the makeup artist because none of us can do makeup well enough for the shoot. I scraped together $40 and paid the makeup artist.
It was a cold day in Lizard Lick, NC but we had on coats. By we, I mean CQ, Kia, John, Rocky, and myself. Christine had on a dress. She was a trooper though. Bless you dear! The cover of the book was captured on the first shot, but Kia took a lot more pictures.
The work that followed afterwards is mundane chit chat. I want to thank my cousin for helping with the cover formatting. It truly does take a team to get things accomplished!
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