Today I want to welcome author Lisa Greer who I asked to do a topic of her choice.
Lisa is a very well-read author whose area of specialty is gothic romances. She has an M.A. in 18th century British Literature and has a wonderful ability to evoke time and place from the first page of her books. I encourage people to visit her author page on Amazon and read samples from her books to see what I’m talking about. I’ll also lead in with her own description from Amazon:
Lisa Greer writes gothic romance reminiscent of the early authors of the genre but with an updated, contemporary slant. She’s tried to do just a regular romance, but her characters usually don’t go along. When they do, it’s fun, but generally they want graveyards, murder, mouldering ancestral mansions, and isolated spaces.
Her wishes are twofold: that readers who love gothic romance will pick up her books on a gloomy day and be transported back to the romances they read as teenagers, or maybe that they still read. The other is that those who haven’t read the genre will find they enjoy the edgy atmosphere of gothic romance. She is a bestselling and multi-published author, teacher, tutor, and nearly lifelong Alabamian–with the exception of years spent in Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Vancouver (Canada), and Texas. Her adventures around the country and in Canada inform her writing, so if you have a gypsy soul, dig in, and enjoy the darker side of romance.
Without further ado, here she is to speak about the importance of Covert Art:
Lisa Greer – on Cover Art
Thanks for having me on the forum!
Let’s talk cover art. Authors both love and dread it, but when it’s right, it’s amazing. I’ve had the bad luck to have cover art go terribly wrong more than once, so I really love it when the chemistry is all right and produces a winner.
For a serial set, it’s even more nerve wracking to decide what you want for cover art and make sure it gets implemented—at least to the extent that is possible. The concept needs to have potential for multiple books. I have a new release out May 25th called The Montmoors 1: The Governess and the Master. It’s a serial that starts off a series of stories about the Montmoor family. It’s written in historical gothic romance style. Think Victoria Holt, only with more atmosphere—at least that’s the plan.
Anyway, I needed a cover to match the sort of spooky feeling I want the book and the series to evoke.
The amazingly talented cover artists at Musa Publishing did exactly what I wanted. I’m a huge fan of colors that match the mood of a story. The black, gray, red, and white do just that—at least in my mind. I also love a cover with the moon on it. In fact, I think I have three or four covers now with that heavenly body gracing them.
The coolest elements of this cover, though, are the graveyard in the mist and the gate that opens to… a cemetery, but what else? And that is the question. What sort of journey is our heroine on, and will she prevail?
The next two covers for the set will be linked in color, font, and style. I’m hoping for a spooky castle on one and a moldy mausoleum on the next. And the moon… well, maybe not for the next two. Then again… who knows?
So, how about you? How do you figure out what you want on your covers? What is your favorite cover–your book or another author’s? Tell me more in the comments.