As I admitted a few weeks ago, I spent the morning with an oyster. Nothing kinky. Just a photo shoot for the cover of my new book coming out in September. Given that the title is a play on words related to pearls and shucking, the idea of incorporating an actual oyster into the cover seemed the responsible thing to do. For about two hours, a photographer friend, Joshua Greene, did his best to capture something cover-worthy.
And let me tell you, holding an oyster as it slow-cooks under the lights is its own special kind of hell. By the time it was over, I was essentially holding nature’s seafood petri dish of shellfish poisoning.
When it was over, I thanked Joshua profusely. He shook my hand and smiled. “Let’s not ever do this again.”
I posted the top five picks here a few days later and a lot of you offered your feedback, which I really appreciate. The final image (above) was among the top two, which I then sent to another friend, Eric Wilder, who I met several years ago in the WordPress blogosphere at The Grimm Report (a hilarious but, sadly, now defunct blog offering news reports from the land of fairytales.) In addition to being an author, Eric also has a highly successful graphic design business, Wilder Design and Advertising, a beautiful wife and children, is stylish, uber talented, and even knows what to do with all that extra silverware at fancy restaurants.
Yet some how, in spite of all that, he’s simply too nice to dislike — and I consider myself extremely fortunate to call him a friend.
I just wanted to thank the folks who are helping making this next book possible, including Joshua, Eric and my publisher, Ellen Traylor, at Port Hole Publishing.
But I especially want to thank all of YOU for your continued support and inspiration from within, as well as beyond, the blogosphere. I had no idea what to expect when I started this blog. Now, four years later, I realize it was because it has been better than I could’ve imagined.
Thank you for that. And also for forgiving me about that whole red-thong incident…
I should also include this last-minute cover design by another talented friend (just not when it comes to book cover design) Randall Willis, who sent this in a few minutes after this post went live..
As I said, the blogosphere is better than I ever imagined.
Most of the time.
Actually, I’m saving this cover of my first horror novel…