Seeking a book cover for a memoir, with a primary audience of women ages 25 to 60. Will also draw human services professionals, especially social workers, teachers, nurses.
My goal for cover art is to tie together the gritty feel of inner city living with the contrast of a coastal tidepool--unpredictable, dangerous for the marine life living within. I would like to see at least one starfish incorporated into the artwork.
Other key elements of the story include growing up in a Catholic school, parental deaths, subsequent homelessness (living in a 1973 Ford Pinto), alcoholism and domestic abuse. Interwoven with the story I tell about my background are several interviews with young LGBT adults who were teenagers using services through the agency I run (I am a social worker by profession now). An important fact--although there are coming out stories included in the interviews, this is not my coming out story, and I don't want to suggest that.
Images that I like are:
a gender-non-specific child bent down at the surf's edge by a tidepool filled with shells, rocks, starfish, etc
a child's hand reaching into a tidepool
a beach scene with a Pinto driving up the beach toward a city outline in the distance
Colors I would find appealing are marine blues and greens, grey, beige and black, but am open to suggestion. Other book covers that I like are Jenny Lawson's Let's Pretend This Never Happened and Christopher Moore's Lamb. A dislike for comparison--Foer's Eating Animals.