It’s almost here: the release date for Non-Compliance: The Transition. We’re working hard on editing and putting some finishing touches on the book. Worry not my little smurfs, it will be ready for your little paws soon. In the meantime I thought I’d give you an insider look at how we came up with the cover concept.
In this book Shea takes more of a leadership role. Things start to heat up between her and Quinn, maybe in a good way maybe in a bad way you’ll have to read the book to see, and you’ll learn more about each of the members of the crew. You’ll also learn more about the chip and the spooky vaccine. I’m really proud of this book, because the action and intrigue are definitely bumped up a notch and I really wanted a cover to convey that.
Since the first book was very Shea focused we used her as the focal point of the cover. As you may remember my wonderful cousin came up with the concept then we went to an artist to bring her concept to life. Kayla has quite the career in graphic arts ahead of her.
But for this cover I wanted more of a feel of Quinn and Shea becoming a team and I wanted to possibly bring in other team members too since they play a bigger role in the book. I also knew I wanted some of the NCS in the background and I definitely wanted the ‘Cuda in there, but there was one problem: I can’t draw. I’ve said it many times through this blog that I’d be lucky to get a stick figure to look good. I really admire anyone that can bring images in their mind to life. I tried to sketch ideas in my brain, but they were far too embarrasing to share. What to do? What to do? Then it came to me: my kids’ toys. That’s it, I could pose some of my kids’ action figures and hopefully that would get the point across.
First pose, I thought having Quinn and Shea back to back in front of the ‘Cuda with snarly looks on their faces (okay ignore the cheery doll expression) would convey their love-hate relationship and also bring home they are working together more as a team now. The little barn in back is supposed to be an old crappy NCS building and the 1957 Chevy is supposed to be a ‘Cuda. Hey, cut me a break I had to work with what I had.
But there was something missing and I couldn’t put my finger on it. Then my husband suggested adding Wynne and Conner his favorite character is Wynne (she’s a stripper go figure). So I searched around my kids’ toy boxes for a suitable Wynne and Conner and I couldn’t find many dolls that would do the trick, but I did find Ben Ten and Megatron. When I set it up I knew that was it.
Now to convey this clear as mud vision to an artist. We sent pictures of Barracudas and my clever doll pose pictures. Then came the question: who do these people look like? I couldn’t very well have a cover with Barbies, Ben Ten, and Megatron, although that might be kind of cool. The easy one was Quinn. If you’re a regular reader you know that I am a big
stalker fan of Adam Baldwin and that some of his characters helped shape Quinn Knightly. So I used this as an excuse to troll the internet of Adam Baldwin pictures to send to the artist. He finally said, “Okay, fine I get the point. Man, you’re creepy.” Then off to the other characters. Wynne I’ve always had a vision of her being a bit like Jewel Staite and Conner I thought would be like Colin Farrell. Then the tough one Shea. Yes, she’s on the front of book 1, but it’s an extreme close up and a zoomed out picture would be a little different. Finally, I thought Cote de Pablo would be a perfect Shea. I also made it clear that she shouldn’t be in the normal sci-fi slutty chick pose. After much going back and forth and with the talents of Mr. Ken Dawson putting the background image in we came up with this little gem. Pretty cool, huh?
All in all I’m really happy with the cover. The back of the book is really cool, but I’m going to make you guys wait a little while on that one (evil aren’t I?) If you’re interested in pre-ordering Non-Compliance: The Transition click that icon to your right and fill out the google form. The advantage of ordering it from me is that if you order it before the release I can get it to you for $10 vice $12.99 AND I can autograph it for you, I might even surprise you with a neat bookmark or something. So let me know what you think.