Well when I first designed the cover back in 2011, it didn't have that snazzy little moniker at the bottom. Who knew? I originally had a specific model I wanted but was unable to get her permission to use the photo. Back then, I was going directly to photographers. I can't tell you how upset I was, but maybe some things happen for a reason as this cover has been quite memorable with readers and the model/photographer was more than accomodating. I designed this cover using multiple layers: ground, lighting, fog, and background. I changed the color of her shirt and removed a pair of elbow-length fishnet gloves.
I really wanted the first cover to be a bit mysterious. These were two designs I came up with during the process and you can see below how I combined ideas. I was really close to using the second, but it looked like she was in a cavern. I kept the fog, tinted it blue, and got rid of the moon.
I've learned a lot about cover design since Sterling. Most importantly, how to brand a series. You really need to do this from the very beginning, and since I did not do this with the Mageri Series, each cover has been a challenge. I'm excited about the Seven Series because the books are really going to *feel* related. But I think I've done a pretty good job with the Mageri series.
This is the original image of the model and of all her pics, I was drawn to this one. You can see what I mean about those gloves. They would have looked pretty cool, but Silver doesn't wear anything like that in the books, and I try the best I can to stay true to the character.
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SHINE cover reveal: December 4
SHINE release date: December 20