MC: Hi Tony, and welcome to Emu’s Debuts! First, I have to say, the cover is stunning. Were there any key scenes in the book that helped you form this image?
TS: Thank you for your kind comment! The cover art is not based on specific scenes literally. The events in the story occur in cyber space, and urban settings; the characters use gadgets which contain computer chips, etc. Things in the art may look like these things, but I tried to transform them into abstract elements that related to the drama and the essence of the story.
MC: I love all those overlapping lines–they make for a really dynamic image, full of tension and suspense and danger. What’s your favorite part?
TS: My favorite part is the wavy lines. They give it a disorienting feel. I’m happy with how the whole thing came out. this cover could have ended up looking too horror or too Sci-fi. We spent a lot of time tweaking the art to avoid having a misleading look.
MC: I definitely think this cover is going to stand out on the bookshelf. How did you decide on a monchromatic color scheme?
TS: We were basically going for an edgy and sophisticated look. In fact, the art was very monochromatic at one point. We thought about printing the art in black, using silver ink for the white areas. But we decided to use brighter colors for the sake of commercial appeal. We tried various tints such as red, yellow, green, and then agreed on blue.
MC: Very edgy, and very sophisticated, indeed! Can you tell us a little about how you got the model in the photograph to look so alive?
TS: There was no photo shoot, and the girl in the art is not from one photo. I created her using several stock photos. The background is also made of more than a dozen photos. Then I manipulated them and put them together to create the final cover art.
Thanks, Tony, and congratulations, Jeanne on a fantastic cover and a thrilling debut!