Ok, so I am actually on vacation this week. Not that I’ve earned one, but I took one anyway. I decided to do some posts ahead of time and this is one of them.
Most people don’t realize that I have worked with ten cover artists at this point. Five of them never got off the ground. I had a specific idea (surreal and dark) for the covers of the Strachan Series and the Dreams & Reality books, that was really the only guidelines and I couldn’t get them to understand that (the first artist for the Dreams series actually put balloons on the cover of Tortured Dreams and used hot pink font for the title, the second one kept wanting to put the silhouette of a naked woman on it – I don’t think either of those were going to send the right message). Then I found Kelly Nichols and she did good on Tortured, Elysium, & Mercurial and then disappeared.
The search was on again. I contacted two artists with a general idea and the same guidelines – surreal and dark. Only Angela Fristoe pulled it off. Her work on Explosive blew me away. The other artist was kind of appalled that I was blowing up county fairs.
So, Angela with Covered Creatively has been my go-to artist for the Dreams books since. It made sense at that point, when I needed to replace the Strachan covers, that Angela would be asked first. She once again, blew me away with her work.
This is more like a love letter than a shout-out, but I’m okay with that. I love her work and if anyone is looking for a cover artist, I highly recommend Angela. I’ve seen her other work and she does a great job on all of them.