Does this photo look vaguely familiar?
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