I recently completed a cover for the next book in the #1 New York Times Bestselling 'Mercy Thompson' series, written by Author Patricia Briggs. The cover was spoiled this week over on USA Today, so I figured I would share some of my process for creating the cover here.
This next novel is titled 'Storm Cursed' and once again follows the coyote shapeshifting protagonist, Mercy Thompson. Mercy must go up against an unknown enemy, facing deadly witchcraft in order to protect her pack.
This cover started fairly typically for most books in this series. Because the book is advertised so far in advance, there isn't actually a formal manuscript for me to read when I begin working. So instead, the job begins with a call to the Author. The Author and I speak on the phone for several hours, going over the story, discussing specific events and locales, and in general, how these events shape our main character.