Over the weekend, I spent some time cruising book covers to see what I liked. I also looked on stock photography sites for images that could apply to my story. I emailed my ideas to my editor who will share them with design. However, as most of you probably know, they're only suggestions. The publisher gets the final say about the cover. My editor has been very good about keeping me in the loop, though, so I hope my ideas will at least give the designer a place to start. Children of the Waters is about connection, race, identity and what really makes a family. So an image like this could work.
One of the characters in my story has an ancestor altar. I made one and took a photo of it. I think a similar (professional) picture could make a compelling cover.
This novel has spiritual and mystical aspects in it, so I'd love an image that speaks to that (and like puzzle pieces flower petals are a recurring image in the story).
Then I saw this lovely image on Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez' blog, and I'd be open to an illustration or painting too. Interestingly, her post was about an ancestor shrine and she mentions her late grandmother...readers of this blog might remember the late grandmother plays a part in my story!
I'm curious: What kinds of covers grab your attention?