I love the art of my covers. I have been blessed with four artists who have provided not only their artwork, but inspiration for my writing.
I will go backwards in time, starting with my latest book.
My classmate Clarence Lum was preparing to show his art at Fandangles' in Flushing, Michigan. He had several pieces standing on a chair in his living room. I was looking through them when Prada Girl jumped out at me. It was so compelling. A story started to form and the images just kept popping into my head. I had been trying to find a new storyline for a few months. That night, I wrote the first three or four chapters. It is a story from my heart and the inspiration from his art is why this story has been told. I purchased a digital copy for my cover.
A great Saginaw Photagrapher, Mike Sonnenberg, has been posting his pictures on Facebook for sometime. I love looking at his photos. They are from all over Michigan. And if you know anything about me, you know I love Michigan. One day he posted a picture of the Tawas Lighthouse. It was so amazing. We have camped in Tawas many times, so when I saw this picture I thought I would research it a bit. Hah, I found a few references to it being haunted by a little girl. A story began to form and I contacted Mike to purchase a digital copy to use for the cover. His website is: Lost in Michigan
When I was looking for covers for the Holiday Series, my daughter suggested someone she knew, Hope Sweigart. At that time she was a college student. I met with her at Barnes and Noble in the coffee shop and I told her the storyline of the Holiday Series. A few weeks later she had the cover photos I would use. I loved them so much that a year later I asked her to work on the Four Season Friends cover with me. I purchased the digital photos for the covers.
When I was writing my first book, Webber House, I didn't know what I was going to do. The four books in the series were well-known landmarks in Saginaw. I called my brother-in-law and thankfully he agreed to do the sketches.
The Webber House was torn down in the 60's, but their was an historical picture on the Saginaw Public Library site. Bertie's Bakery building is still standing, but it doesn't look anything like a bakery anymore. Dan took my description and transformed that old building. Andersen was sketched from an old postcard. His favorite was Daniel's Den. Dan and his brothers went to several concerts at Daniel's Den and he really liked drawing that one. I purchased the artwork to use on these covers.