So, it’s your wedding day. You’ve spent five years with this person, have learned everything there is to know about them, love them intimately, without reserve–heck, you might go so far as to call it true love. You are so excited and nervous, and you might burst from the joy that is within you, because it’s one of the most important days of your life, and you can’t wait. You haven’t seen what they got for their wedding dress/tux/whatever yet, and you know that when you first see them all done up, in perfect weddingy glory, it’s going to be one of the strongest and most beautiful moments of your life–one that you will never forget, not in a million years, not if you marry and divorce ten people, not if you live to be one hundred, because this is your first, and it is so special, you might never fully understand how special.
And that, ladies and gentlefolk, is exactly how a writer feels about her first book–and about her cover.
I have spent five years with The Dark Wife, writing and re-writing and editing. There were times when I worked on other projects, and there were times I set her aside, but I never stopped loving her. Here, now, five years after she came into my life, I am one month away from releasing her into the world, my very first published novel.
Insert many, many, many squees right about here. ;D
My sister, Laura Diemer, is an incredible artist. She has been illustrating my stories since she got out of the womb, has loved my stories longer than any other person in the world. One of my characters, a dragon named Tanian, is her full tattooed back piece. She has believed in me and my writing when I lost my way, she has always, always, always known what I was meant to do and could do, and has supported me every step of the way. There is so much magic in the fact that the one person who knew, forever, that I would be a published author, is the one to breathe life into one of the (arguably) most important aspects of a book: its cover. I am too grateful to articulate it.
The Dark Wife is a YA book, a lesbian retelling of the Greek myth of Persephone and Hades. In this story, her story, Persephone is strong and courageous instead of the ultimate victim. I told Laura a few ideas I had for the cover, and she ran with it. Since it’s YA, I wanted it to have a graphic feel, while still conveying how dark the underworld can be, and how difficult it is to take back your own power and make choices. Perfectly, she conveyed this. Persephone is about to pluck the pomegranate, the one thing she takes from “above world,” and is about to walk through the entrance into the underworld.
It is my absolute honor to introduce the cover of my debut novel, The Dark Wife, illustrated by the amazing artist, Laura Diemer~ ❤ ❤ ❤ The Dark Wife will be released May 17th.
Cover art by Laura Diemer
Three thousand years ago, a god told a lie. Now, only a goddess can tell the truth.
Persephone has everything a daughter of Zeus could want–except for freedom. She lives on the green earth with her mother, Demeter, growing up beneath the ever-watchful eyes of the gods and goddesses on Mount Olympus. But when Persephone meets the enigmatic Hades, she experiences something new: choice.
Zeus calls Hades “lord” of the dead as a joke. In truth, Hades is the goddess of the underworld, and no friend of Zeus. She offers Persephone sanctuary in her land of the dead, so the young goddess may escape her Olympian destiny.
But Persephone finds more than freedom in the underworld. She finds love, and herself.