The Process of Getting to a Book Cover

My newest novel, The Letters in the Books, is just weeks away from launching. I’m super excited about this one, as it was two full years in the making. Writing is a labor of love for me, and I just want to tell a compelling, yet sweet story that’s perfect for a beach read.

This book was heavily influenced by Brené Brown’s research on empathy and shame. I have read her books and watched her TedTalks a million times. Her work on empathy and vulnerability in particular are interesting and worthy of your time. I tried my best to roll her findings into Meg, the empath and bookstore owner at the heart of the novel. Set in Annapolis, I hope you will enjoy this romp through five main characters’ lives and their struggles to find themselves again. The glue that brings them all together, Meg has a backstory as well, and readers learn why she writes the letters that she slides inside books to help them realize their potential, while also bringing them all together.

For fun, I thought I’d share my process of cover creation…where it began, and then reveal to you what the final cover looks like. Many of my Facebook friends were willing to give input, and the process unfolded little by little.

I’ll keep you posted as to when the novel is on sale.

Have a good and safe Memorial Day weekend!


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