Something like this…

Does this photo look vaguely familiar?

ShoesOver_the_Edge Cover 2





I’ve never been an artistic person.  With me, a stick figure is about as good as it gets.  I’m a disaster at Draw Something.  And don’t get me started on Pictionary.  I’ve not played that boardgame since my team suffered a harrowing defeat about ten years ago.  Although, in my defense, how can anyone be expected to draw Bogner Regis?  I ask you, seriously, how?

So when the art department at The Writer’s Coffee Shop asked me if I wanted to discuss any thoughts about the cover for Over the Edge, I didn’t know where to start.   I hadn’t thought a lot about what the book would look like.  I’d been too busy writing the words to go inside the cover. But once I did start thinking, the first thing that came to mind was…shoes.

The very talented Jada D’Lee contacted me and I explained that shoes play a subtle but important part in Zoe and Angus’ story.  I tried to describe in an email the image that was so clear now in my mind.  “A man’s hiking boot, and a woman’s evening shoe.  Sort of angled in different directions, but together.  As a drawing.  Cartoonesque.”

I knew my written description was probably on par with my sketch of bloody Bogner Regis (I’m still bitter, yes),  so I went to the cupboard, pulled out my husband’s bushwalking boots and my “good shoes” and arranged them on the dining room table.  Then I took a photo, which you see above, and sent it off to Jada with a note…”maybe something like this?”  I was kind of shocked when she emailed back and said, “Hey, I think we can use this!”  And I love what she did with it.  The colour, the shading and shadow.  Setting the shoes in a frame.  The different fonts.  It definitely surpassed the vision in my head.  And the shoes on my dining table.

I wonder what Jada would’ve done for Bogner Regis??

And now, another visual clue for Over the Edge 🙂

One thought on “Something like this…

  1. Kathy says:

    “Bogner Regis” is still the funniest thing I’ve ever seen in Pictioary!!

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