Sep 242013

Aymaran Shadow

What was your intention for the cover?
The cover had to convey a sense of dark enigma, a touch of horror/terror, and shades of a woman’s sexuality. My book is a paranormal thriller and is the story of a woman who is destined to be violently brutalized in every lifetime. It deals with reincarnation and retribution. The cover had to demonstrate these themes yet not be so explicit as to convey an out-and-out “horror tale”.

How did you create the cover?
Well, I shopped around for designers, but maybe I fished in the wrong pond(s). Most designers I talked to could not resonate with my vision for the cover or were not technically competent. The few that were good had unbelievable pricing. So, I researched and hunted online for free image editing software. I was never a designer, but I love researching and learning new stuff – I have this streak in me. Finalizing on Pixlr, I got to the point where I created the near-final version of the cover I wanted, but image resolution was a big bummer on this freeware (as with most freeware). Which is when I got onto Adobe Photoshop and replicated the cover design. Worked like a charm!

Are you happy with the end result?
Oh, most vehemently, yes! Given that, one, I spent $0 on the whole thing, and two, I had 100% creative license on my own cover, I think it has shaped up decently for a newbie at creative design. I think I loved the process of learning as much as the end product.

Is there anything you would change?
I had wanted to build in some blurs and shades, plus have some minimal freehand strokes going just to set off the main image in the foreground. But I think I was pressed for time (I had my launch coming up), plus it would have taken a bit of a learning curve and then some. But, to answer your question, no, I wouldn’t “change” anything about it. I’m pretty happy with what I’m looking at now.

What do you think the cover says about your book?
The cover, to my mind, gives us a blend of mystique and horror. It also hints at violation of a woman’s dignity while highlighting the vulnerability therein. And, I hope, it gives the readers something to chew on in terms of the paranormal nature of reincarnation, which may not be immediately evident but more so when viewed in concert with the story-line.

Aymaran Shadow by Hemanth Gorur
Published by Self published on Jun 30, 2013
Genres: Adult, Mystery
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads

Sanya Rawat, a psychology student, finds her mundane life savagely disrupted when two strangers – an unpredictable old English woman and a beastly man from Bolivia – contact her on a social networking site. One among them is a macabre killer from Sanya’s past life, driven by an eternal and insatiable thirst for her blood.

Strange out-of-body experiences and hallucinations start to haunt Sanya, revealing clues to her past identity, even as she stumbles through a series of unusual incidents that follow an eerie pattern. To make sense of it all, Sanya must learn a terrifying truth about her past life that threatens her very existence now.

It becomes a nerve-wracking fight for survival in the end as she is hunted and accosted by the two would-be assailants. To survive, she must choose sides – an arduous decision fraught with peril. Only gut instinct and the sheer will to live guide her as she confronts the gory face of death from her previous life once again.

My Thoughts: At first glance, the cover looks more like an erotic novel than a thriller. Learning that the main character is victimized repeatedly, the cover makes more sense, and seems to fit better. I do find the title font to be a bit hard to read though, with the fading at the bottom of the letters. I think if the title was red instead of the author’s name, that would make more of an impact. Overall, it is a provocative cover that warrants a second look.

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

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