As promised, today’s blog features a Q&A with ebook cover artist Jennifer Quinlan. I’m so excited to feature her!! Since my undergrad degree is in art (and I try to write through that lens), I thought it might be fun for both readers and writers to see a “real” book cover artist in action.
I love to lose myself in another world while reading, and so I rarely read contemporary novels. I want to be transported somewhere else—I get enough reality in real life! My first love is historical fiction, but I’m also hooked on historical romance, and I read some paranormal romance, some traditional fantasy and urban fantasy, some steampunk, and some young adult too. I’ll take on any cover project if I feel I’m up to the task, but because I spend so much time in my favorite genres, I feel more knowledgeable and comfortable designing those types of covers.
What do you use for inspiration?
I’m a hugely visual person, so I’m always looking at images. I use other covers for inspiration or guidance within a particular genre, and I spend hours and hours browsing stock images and art. I also use emotion as inspiration. It’s really important that I understand what a cover needs to do to entice a reader to pick up a book, and what emotions a cover should convey and how that relates to the story behind the cover, and so as I’m looking, I’m looking for images that bring out that response in me...
Read the full interview on J.A.'s blog!