Well, after months of struggling, I’m finally really into my last novel called The Subway. It’s a challenging book, but I’m having a great time writing it. I have the hardest time starting a book. The first chapter gives me the blues, because I can’t just write any old thing and keep going, even though I know it’s a first draft. The first chapter sets everything up for me, so it has to be right from the gate. Now that doesn’t mean that when I finish the beginning won’t change, but for now that is the beginning.
Okay, so they say that the third time is a charm. I believe who said this is right. In my previous post I talked about the two different covers I had for my novel In the Mirror and how something is missing from both. Well, this time I got it right. Everything I wanted for this cover I got and more, much, much more. And guess what! For you viewing pleasure, I recorded some behind the scenes footage that puts you in the middle of that wonderful shoot. I do have to warn you, though. While this video shows several photographs, I do not reveal which picture I chose for the cover. You’ll have to wait for the re-release to see that. So click on the link below and enjoy.
Recently, I reshot the cover to my novel In the Mirror. I’d been wanting and needing to reshoot the cover for a long time. The first time the cover was shot was when In the Mirror was published by Dewdrop Publishing. The cover featured my beautiful cousin, Dana Pryor, who plays the main character, Jasmine Falls.
It is a wonderful cover. I love it, but it didn’t attract many readers. There was something missing from the cover. Not long after its release, I was able to acquire the rights to In the Mirror and I decided to reshoot the cover. Now, I’ve never bought a book based on the cover. I’m title’s person, meaning, if the title grabs my attention, I’m picking up the book to see what it’s about. I now understand that covers do the same for most readers. Their first introduction to you as a writer is the cover, and if it doesn’t grab them, they won’t grab the book.
So I had this wonderful idea for a cover and had a friend, Steven Houk, who dabbles in photograph to shoot it for me. For the talent, I again used my cousin Dana, who is Jasmine. I asked my co-worker, Lauren Smith, to play the role of Regina Roberts, and I asked my former publisher, Devlon Waddell, to play the role of Daniel Roberts. This is what we came up with.
This cover attracted a whole lot of attention. Every book fair I attended, I sold several copies because it drew people over to my table. And once they read the synopsis, they couldn’t wait to read it. The only problem is this cover didn’t exactly do what I wanted. I wanted it to be a night time scene, but we weren’t able to achieve that. So it looks like Jasmine is standing in Daniel and Regina’s room in the middle of the afternoon as they are napping. Also, we had elongate the image because we couldn’t originally shoot it vertically. So everyone is distorted, which I could say plays a part in how Jasmine views the relationship. Yeah, I could say that. It sounds really good….Naw…
Soooo, that brings me to April 23, 2017. I’ll tell you all about that day in my next post.
I accept my In The Mirror Challenge.
I look in the mirror and see me being happy despite all the things in the world that can make you want to cry instead of smile. I see a woman who loves her life. Who sees and understands just how richly blessed she is. I see a woman full of hopes and dreams. I see me.
I stayed up last night until a little after three in the morning working on my press packets and rehearsing an excerpt for Water In A Broken Glass. I hope to have it posted tonight.
I found out that In The Mirror is now available at Barnes & Noble, in paperback and on the Nook. Two people have purchased and reviewed it. The reviews are great. They didn’t leave their names, but I want to take this opportunity thank them for reading In The Mirror and taking the time to review it.
Tonight’s the night. I will be chatting with Sistahs on Lit about In The Mirror. We will discuss the other woman, marriage, infidelity, love, romance, friendship, family, all the things that at the heart of In The Mirror. This promises to be a very interesting, entertaining, and informative discussion. I hope you will drop by and join in on the discussion, as I’m sure your comments will give us more insight into the other woman. I am looking forward to hearing from you.
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After two years of rewriting, editing, redesigning the cover, and a whole bunch of other stuff, In The Mirror is finally here! ‘This exciting novel takes you into the heart and mind of the other woman and shows her in a way she has never been seen before, even by herself.
In The Mirror is available in paperback at Amazon and on Kindle.
Get It! Read It! Love It!
I will be on Dr. Patty Live on Sunday, June 1, 2014. Please tune in and listen/watch us talk about the other woman and the release of In The Mirror.
The reviews for In The Mirror are pouring in. Here is another satisfied reader.
Who would he be cheating on his wife with if he hadn’t found me?
The re-release date for In the Mirror is set. Look for this wonderfully written novel in stores and online June 3, 2014.
Today, I’d like to introduce you to Baltimore author, Rosa Griffin. She is a member of the Black Writers’ Guild, and she has just published her first collection of short stories entitled, Attraction Sexy Tales of Good, Bad, and Ugly Relationships.
Check her out.