Mood Board

Oil and Marble

This week, I got to put together a “Mood Board” for my publisher–where I had the chance to communicate all of my ideas and wishes for my book cover.

After recovering from the shock that an art department was actually designing the cover of my book (yes, these things still surprise me), I quickly became obsessed with this project. My undergraduate degree is in art, I long considered myself a painter, and my novel is about the creation of art during the Renaissance. This was right up my alley.

I love a good book cover. I love a cover that gives me a sense of the world and the characters and the tone; and when I put the book down, it’s the cover that tells me good night and greets me when I return. The book cover–not actually created by the author–is an integral part of the book. So I cherished my…

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