My first book, Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle is now three years old. At the time I published it I still had a lot to learn. One aspect was the cover. I asked my nephew, whose career as an artist and model maker has seen him work on a number of big picture movies, and his cover was great. As a one off.
But now that I’m about to publish my fourth novel (15th July, peeps, keep the date) I want my covers to have some familiarity; I want someone who picks it up to recognise something of the style. And this has led me to conclude I need a new cover.
George Grey at Roylaston Design has done the covers for all the other novels I’ve published (he also did the cover for Hugh Roberts’ wonderful ‘Glimpses’) and he’s come up with some ideas. As I’m a democratic sort of cove, I’d like to have your reactions to these before I choose.
In case you haven’t read Dead Flies yet – what! Surely some mistake!! – here is the blurb that appears on the back cover of the paperback.
‘I can’t really explain why I have this thing about saving flies’
It’s summer 1976 and hotter than Hades Harry Spittle, nineteen, is home from university, aiming to earn some money to go on holiday and maybe get laid. He expects he will be bored rigid, but the appearance of old family friend, Charlie Jepson, his psychopathic son, Claude, and predatory wife Monica changes that. As his parents’ marriage implodes, Harry’s problems mount; before he knows it he’s in debt up to his ears and dealing in drugs. Things go from bad to worse when he is stabbed. He needs money fast, but now his job is at risk, his sister is in trouble and he has discovered a family secret that could destroy all he holds dear. The only way out appears to require that Harry joins forces with the local criminal mastermind. Can Harry survive to see out the summer? Can he save his family? Can he regain some credibility and self-respect? Most importantly will he finally get laid?
And here are the four possibilities:
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I made the trifle and no flies were hurt in making this post – they’d already crashed and burnt. And yes, I ate the trifle….
Anyone spot the deliberate error? Yep, it will be ‘and’ in the final version and not ‘&’. Just saying before you do…