Last month we talked about book covers and how they’re created and I showed you the artist’s sketch for “Italian Iced,” my newest adventure (on bookstore shelves July 3).
So there’s the sketch above, and here’s the finished product.
Of course the colors make a huge difference! But I've been studying the cover, looking at the differences, thinking what it must be like to be an artist. One of the things I noticed right away was the addition of the pot of flowers on the right hand wide near the bottom of the picture. Perfect! It adds a pop of color, gives the reader a hint as to what season the book is set in, and tells readers something, too, about Sophie's Terminal at the Tracks, the restaurant I manage. We're not a fancy place, but we do have a warm, welcoming atmosphere. I think those flowers say it perfectly.
Then there's the cat . . . truth be told, cats play a major part in the plot of this story. I won't say how because I don't want to give anything away. Look at the cat in the sketch. It's a tiny thing and because it's standing up against the wall, to me it looks frightened. Now look at the cat in the finished cover. It's strutting its stuff! Love the way it looks like it owns the place!
Other differences? Well, all that bread in the window, for sure, which adds a deliciousness to the scene. Can't you just smell the wonderful aroma of fresh-baked bread? And of course, the Italian flags in the windows. Each month, the Terminal at the Tracks features a different ethnic food so these flags are the perfect addition.
If only we could get murder off the menu!