I failed Art — yes, actually got an F — in eighth grade. It’s the main reason I outsource all of my cover art. That said, I love art. I enjoy digging into the whys and wherefores. Is there meaning in that smear of color? (Usually, no.) Why did you pick those images? What were you trying to convey?
I thought you might enjoy a sneak peek into the story behind the covers of my novels. Let’s start with the first…Perfection Unleashed.
If you got the reference to Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam, you nailed it. Perfection Unleashed is about the creation of the perfect human in a laboratory, from a swirl of combined DNA. Think Frankenstein, but cuter. I wanted to evoke the imagery of man playing God, as well as genetic inferences — the DNA in the test tube (which, by the way, looks nothing like that in real life) and the DNA chromatogram in the background. The parchment-like top half of the page ties back to Michelangelo’s masterpiece. The space-like bottom half of the page…honestly, my art designer came up with that. I think he wanted to drive home the science fiction element of the stories, although there’s no space anywhere in Perfection Unleashed, the first book of the Double Helix series (nor in any other books in the series, for that matter.)
It’s all set on Earth–not too unlike present day–except that the Genetic Revolution has spawned clones, in vitros, and mutants. Natural humans aren’t too thrilled about it, but they roll with the punches, until Galahad–the perfect human–escapes from his laboratory prison. In the end, the story is as much about Galahad as it is about Danyael Sabre, Galahad’s physical template, and an alpha empath. You’ll see Danyael’s influence come through in the later covers in the series.
Join my mailing list, and you can download and read Perfection Unleashed for free. It’s won several science fiction awards. I think some of the later books in the series are even better, but it’s fun starting at the beginning. Enjoy!