Roseanna M. White pens her novels under the Betsy Ross flag hanging above her desk, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When she isn’t homeschooling her small kids and writing fiction, she’s editing it for WhiteFire Publishing or reviewing it for the Christian Review of Books, both of which she co-founded with her husband.
As a behind-the-scenes encourager of Go Teen Writers, a frequent judge of contests, and a dedicated reader of the blog, I've loved watching the GTWers grow and chase their dreams. And when I received Rachelle's manuscript on my editing desk at WhiteFire, I was excited because I knew her from Go Teen Writers...and a little wary because it's always awkward to give a 'no' to someone you kinda know. Which I've had to do before, LOL.
But as I dove into The Sound of Diamonds, I realized that wasn't going to be an issue here. Because the book is fabulous. And Rachelle is fabulous. And I was immediately excited to get to create some fabulous covers for the books!
But historicals present a challenge. How to find photographs with the right costuming? And in this case, it's a continuity series, so the same heroine needs to be on each cover. But with different dresses. Stock photos let me down, so I turned to the more complicated but better option: photo shoot.
Now, as it happens, I have a gorgeous niece who perfectly fit the description of Rachelle's heroine, Gwyn. Jayna is the right age, the right shape, has the right coloring. And takes ridiculously good photographs.
I called up a local(ish) costume shop and arranged to rent three different gowns in three different hues--because it only made sense to do the shoot for all three covers at the same time. I ordered a diamond(ish) rosary that plays such an important part in book 1.
We took hundreds of photos on that gorgeous but chilly November day, and then I got down to the really fun stuff. Putting together the covers.
Photo selection was key. I started with a few choices for the first gown, the blue one, and tried them out.
Honestly, I had a hard time deciding. But I knew I wanted the rosary in the shot, and I also knew that, because we were missing the glasses that Gwyn wore in the series, we were planning on cropping out Jayna's eyes. So I chose that last photo and zoomed it in to the correct size.
www.dafont.com for a while, I settled on Magnolia and put it together like so.
And there we have it! The final cover for The Sound of Diamonds, set to release June 15, 2015! The second book will come out 4 months later, the third following in another four months. Those covers are finished too, but they haven't been released yet. You'll have to stay tuned for their cover reveals as we close to their releases. ;-)
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