I want to thank them for inviting me to join this impressive gang (or is that gaggle?) of crime writers. I will be sharing Sundays with Hilary Davidson.
I write three mystery series and all of my covers to date have been done by the magical Ellen Dahl at Llewellyn/Midnight Ink. I have loved each one and every time I’m sent a draft of a new cover, it feels like Christmas morning and I’m the luckiest little girl in the world.
It’s difficult for me to imagine anyone but Ellen doing my covers, so when the question was posed as to who would be my dream artist for my book covers, I went with my initial gut reaction – Andy Warhol. Seriously. That was the name that instantly popped into my head. Not sure why, as I’m not particularly a fan of his work, but I am a big fan of gut reactions, so instead of dismissing it, I considered the possibilities.
Hmmm. Andy Warhol –
’s soup can. Marilyn Monroe. Repeating frames and comic book colors. Campbell
Yeah, that would work.
I started mentally marrying Warhol’s style with the premise of each series and waited to see what developed. It was kind of like trying on shoes at a Nordstrom’s sale.
I can see it now. A book cover with four frames of a sexy male vampire portrait in garish Day-Glo colors. The only consistent color in each frame would be the vampire’s fangs. They would be bright red.
I must call Ellen…
Sue Ann Jaffarian
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