I don't want to give away the story too much in the cover, but I also want it to be compelling and make someone pick it up.
Basic ideas I would like: I moved to Salt Lake City for a girl, got married, and adopted a child with her. Shortly thereafter she left to live with her new boyfriend out of state. After a series of ridiculous and bizarre events I ended up with custody of our child.
Then she started to try to get custody and the story just kept going and getting weirder, all while I was trying to grapple with being a single father and trying to figure out myself/life.
The attached image is something I put together... I like the basic idea behind it. Son and father walking, mother walking. Her hand is outstretched (is she reaching FOR their son or letting go?).
The idea is to let the potential reader form their own conclusion from the cover and let them identify with whoever they want in the picture... the father, the mother, the son.
The title is "Leaving Salt Lake City," but I don't need it to be Mormon centric at all.
And less is more... I'm not a designer, so I will never be able to make this look the way it should.