A Would-Be Cover

A would-be cover.
A would-be cover.

This is a doodle I did one year that might have become the cover and title of the book. As you can see, Julie and her friends are to the right of the picture, and Eric in sunglasses is to the bottom left. A version of Todd is in the top center… although I was not pleased with how his face turned out. I wouldn’t say it exactly looks like him. The little scribblings tell you about a previous name for the villain (Mitchell), and about characters from different novels of mine (Meg, Violet, and Eve). Although, I will never use the name “Violet.” It was a temporary name, and it did not embody the twisted heroine of my fourth book. The title, Saved, was never the right one, as I had wanted to embed the explanation to my saved Christianity into my book. The hero, Todd, obviously saves Julie more than once, and Caleb, a later character, questions her about being saved and what it means to be saved. I allude to God and religious figures in the book, and there is perhaps one mention of the word, “God,” and her faith in God. And of course, the villain’s name, Michael, has spiritual significance having to do with the Archangel Michael. The final title, The Heart Grows Stronger, and the final cover, are more appropriate. The villain’s name was originally Michael, but I had to change it because MichaelsĀ kept poppingĀ up into my life, and I didn’t want them to think I was writing the book specifically about them! Funny how that happens!

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