I am seeking a professional book cover for my creative non-fiction novel: Letters from Labrador.
A creative non-fiction novel is a story that is true, or based on a true story, but contains many elements that have been fictionalized. So the book cover should probably be designed in the style of a fiction novel. I need a front cover, back cover, and spine, and then I'll reuse the front cover for the ebook version.
At twenty-five, Patricia moved from Britain to Canada to work in northern Labrador as a midwife. She treated Inuit, Innu, and white settler families seeking medical care at the North West River hospital and nursing stations all along the isolated coast. To keep from feeling homesick, she wrote letters home to her parents.
Patricia’s stirring stories of life in the North—from medical emergencies to camping with bears to forest fires to unattainable love—are captured in authentic letters and fictionalized flashbacks interwoven with her present-day struggle to fight Lewy body dementia—an aggressive disease that threatens to strip away her memories entirely.
How does one live an extraordinary life only to forget it?
So as you can see, the story has three interwoven elements: her letters, her flashbacks, and her present-day struggle to live on her own terms while battling dementia.
Here are some visual elements that are described in the stories in the book, which you could consider in your design. However, these are suggestions only. It is not necessary that these elements appear in the final design. I offer them to you only to help fire up your creative ideas!
- a red parka with brown fur around the hood (embroidery on the back is okay)
- dog team and komatik (sled)
- an isolated, small, white hospital or nursing station
- Beaver plane (used for medical evacuation)
- orange helicopter (used for medical evacuation)
- a helicopter pilot with shaggy brown hair and a brown leather bomber jacket, who is Patricia's love interest
- a young Patricia, age 25, who is tall and thin with long, dark brown hair
- a present-day Patricia, age 60, ever-so-slightly plump with a brown bob cut
- a house among the silver birch trees (which was the small residence house where Patricia and 4 other nurses lived)
- maps showing a voyage from Britain to Canada, or other geographic imagery along the Labrador coastline (towns featured in the book include North West River, Cartwright, Davis Inlet, Goose Bay, Hopedale, Rigolet, and more)
- a yellow Elan Skidoo
- a young, smiling Aboriginal boy, who left a lasting, memorable impression on Patricia