Aug 272013

I’ve previously reviewed Deception Peak, and hosted Dianne Lynn Gardner with a guest post for her blog tour, so I was excited when she contacted me for a cover interview.

Deception Peak

What was your intention for the cover?
I have three books in the series. My intent for the covers were to run the same theme through all of them and at the same time grab a bit of the story atmosphere. For instance, Deception Peak is about a foreboding mountain, the dragon’s lair, so I painted an eerie mountain in the distance, with the ocean in the foreground. In The Triptych which is the original painting for the cover (image) the dragon is flying near. In book two, The Dragon Shield, I have painted the dragon and photo shopped the shield that we used in the trailer (and which is an actual shield that one of the actors in the trailer made for me). Book three is Rubies and Robbers and has pirates and tall ships in it. As you can see I tied the whole thing together. I take the original painting (which by the way is 9 ft by 4 ft) to my book signings.

How did you create the cover?
I used oil paints and some corrugated copper leaf to create the cover.

Are you happy with the end result?
Yes, I’m quite pleased with the end result.

Is there anything you would change?
There’s nothing I would change with this cover.

What do you think the cover says about your book?
I think the cover gives the reader an idea of the individual books as well as draws them together as a series.

Deception Peak (The Ian's Realm Saga #1) by Dianne Lynn Gardner
Published by Hydra Publications on Aug 26, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads

Teenage Ian Wilson follows his father through a portal into a deceptively beautiful Realm, where horses run free, the wind sings prophetic melodies, and their computer avatars come to life.

But separation from his father puts Ian in peril as he’s abducted by a tribe of dragon worshipers and forced to find his courage.

As he struggles for his freedom and embarks on a perilous search for his father, Ian meets the true peacekeepers of the Realm and learns of a greater purpose for his being in there.

My Thoughts: I like the cover. The colours are soft, which fits the slightly out of focus picture. It clearly shows that this is a fantasy adventure story. I didn’t know it was an oil painting, which is pretty cool. Now that I know that, it is easy to admire the amount of work that went into it.

I like the way all 3 covers in the series tie together and create a coherent picture. It is easy to see they are related.

What do you think of the cover? Does it make you want to pick up the book?

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