Saturday was a very exciting day. It was the photo shoot for the images which will be used to create the cover of book two of the Cypress Branches trilogy - It Never Was You.
The day followed the same format as the previous shoot for Pegasus Falling's cover, gathering family and friends on a shoestring budget and having some fun with actors, period costumes and a camera. I am lucky enough to know some very skilled, very generous (and very patient) people who agreed to help me out, and must thank Geraldine Allen and Mark Godfrey for allowing themselves to be transformed into Mary and Harry (the two main characters in the second book) for the day, and once again to Rebecca Potter for her wonderful hair, make-up and 1940s styling prowess and to Dewi Clough for taking these very evocative shots.
There is a very simple theme running through the Cypress Branches covers - strong women. There is a series of strong female characters at the heart of the novels, and I thought it would be appropriate to highlight them on the covers. Lesley is depicted on the first cover, holding Sammy's red paratrooper's beret. The vivacious and charismatic Mary will adorn book two. I already know who will appear on book three, but I won't spill the beans just yet.
It was a fun day and I think we've ended up with some very powerful images which we'll be able to coax into a great cover artwork. Of course, the finished cover will look very different to these images (please ignore the backgrounds - they'll be painted out). There's a lot of work to do, but in the mean time, here's a taster of the shots we managed to get in the can.
HARRY & MARY EMBRACE
|Ignore the backgrounds in these two pictures - they'll be edited out!|
What do you think? Is there a powerful book cover in here somewhere? Do you have a favourite? What do you think we should do with the images? There are plenty of ideas that I'm keen to play around with, but any suggestions or comments are always gratefully received...
Labels: Actors, Book cover design, cameraman, cover artwork, Cypress Branches, historical fiction, It Never Was You, literary fiction, Photoshop, publishing, William E. Thomas