Back cover blurb:
This thriller begins as a historical novel set in 17th Century Italy, a time of superstition, plagues and cynical exploitation of young women. It is a ripping yarn of illicit love, hundreds of poisonings, the Inquisition,
torture and witch burnings, built around true events.
The characters include: beautiful young girls oppressed by dynastic marriages to aged husbands; a tormented young priest; Machiavellian cardinals and a scheming, atheist pope.
In the second part of the story, the decedents of some of the characters in the first section of the book are driven to fulfill their ancestral destiny in modern day New York. The result in grisly killings; global
pursuit; international espionage and a thrilling climax of mass murder authorized by the President of the United States.
It is up to the reader to decide which of the victims deserved their fate.
That’s the blurb, now some details:
They Deserved It is a dark work of historical and contemporary literary fiction with the pace and substance of a modern thriller. It deals with the consequences of the foolishness and arrogance of old men and it pulls no punches.
The pace is hectic, the scenes are intense, the action is often bloody, violent and at times graphically detailed where it serves the interests of the story.
I’m thinking somethin’ like…
Listen, you’re the design professional. Being a writer, I simply put words on the page. Still, while writing my
books, images have come to mind that allowed me to “see” the work more clearly. Here are some random
thoughts, not in any particular order. Some of my “visions” may work, some may not. You tell me.
Musings: Pretty, rich girls of 11 to 14 married to old men to unite fortunes. Spain, the pope and independent cities run Italy. Girls and young women, led by a witch, poison their husbands. The characters of the Pope
and cardinals are nasty, dark and mean spirited. They conspire to stop the poisonings while advancing their individual agendas. To that end, thirty women are burned, hanged or walled up.
Meantime a handsome priest falls in love with one of the young women. Knowing their fate if they stay, the couple flees to New Amsterdam where their descendents repeat the story in modern day New York. Now the murderesses are two stunningly accomplished, intelligent and beautiful lesbians. The story ends with a missile bringing down a Cathay Pacific Airliner.
Yeah, I have a pretty crowded brain.
Cover design: A writer trying to be a graphic designer; if that isn’t the stuff of terrifying nightmares for designers, I don’t know what is. Here goes.
The design might start on the left with a 17th century Italian feel and move into modern New York on the right hand side.
I will upload a PDF with images that will give you a feel for the people and the times.
Either a Cardinal or the Pope might be looking into the cover image from the left. In keeping with the story, they should look evil, cunning, haughty, cruel and pretty much debauched.
From the book, if a young woman is featured on the cover, she should look to be about 18. She falls in love with a priest who is, of course, remarkably good looking. Hey, when you’re eighteen that sort of thing is important!
Perhaps for the contemporary side of the cover, lighter colors and skyscrapers in the background. Maybe two women, one blond one redhead.
The back cover should probably carry over the theme from the front. It might sound gruesome, but the book and the times it covers were pretty gruesome - maybe a mass hanging or torture chamber on the left melding to the airliner going down on the right.
It’s a tall order, but you’re designer type person and so are used to tall orders,
Well, it gets a bit taller. The cover has to do its job whether it is the actual
physical book cover, the Amazon catalogue image or a thumbnail.
That’s right – piece of cake!
I am an Indie published author. That said all traditionally published books credit the cover design, both inside, and on the back of the printed cover. Well, why not Indie publishers too? Let’s start a trend.
I was thinking something like, “ Cover designed by Ms./Mr. Annoyingly
Talented Graphic Artist and Designer of The I Know What I Like Design Studio.
For the best in cover art, s/he can be reached at: w w w,IKnowWhatILike,ru
Well, like that anyway. We’ll figure out something.
Did I forget anything?
Of course I did. You're the designer, so work your particular kind of magic and let me know if you need anything. I'll just wait over here, okay?
Good luck to both of us.