When I first got the idea for a story about a reporter who stumbled into a whopper of a mystery and ended up in danger, I tried to dismiss it. I was a reporter-turned-full-time-mom, not a novelist. I couldn’t write a whole book!
But then that became a challenge. I started Nichelle’s story with no idea where it was going, really, just to see if I could do it.
Once I got into it, it consumed my life. I spent every spare second with my laptop, mostly because I wasn’t sure where the ideas were coming from and certain that if I didn’t get them into the computer, they’d vanish.
When the rough draft (very long, very messy) was done, a few people told me I should try to get a book deal.
From the day it first occurred to me, I’ve wondered: if the stars ever aligned as such, what would the cover look like? It’s a common daydream for authors. One of the reasons I chose to query the publisher I signed with was their cover art: they have amazingly talented folks who do great work.
Yesterday, I got an email from my fabulous editor saying she would send my cover over today. I have checked my email every 35 seconds since 8 a.m. At 12:15, the cover fairy landed. And I have been staring at it ever since.
I imagine it’s a lot of pressure for an artist, to try to capture something someone put so much work into. Can I just say this? If I could do a backflip, I would. I am over the moon! It’s everything I ever imagined, and more. My heartfelt thanks to the talented bunch at Henery Press. If you’d like to check out the blurb, it’s here.
What do you think? Leave a comment below, email me your address, and I’ll send you a signed bookmark when I get them!