January 31, 2015

Book Cover!

The cover for my upcoming memoir is finalized!

I am super excited to present the cover for Beautiful Affliction!

Several times a day I’m checking out the cover, (which I have saved in my iPhone), just to make sure it’s real, I guess. This whole thing is starting to feel surreal, but it’s really happening!

I do hope you like it. It is original in the context, I feel, and that is partly why I like it so much. Actually I think it fits my story perfectly.

I came up with many suggestions for cover designs, but my publisher, Brooke, maintained that my story needed an edgy cover, which at the same time gives a clear image of what the story is all about. Seeing her vision come to life by the amazing cover artist, I understood what she meant by this.

BEAUTIFUL AFFLICTION front coverI very much appreciate the thoughts the cover artist and my publisher have put into this. The occasional letters in italics, reminiscent of irregular heartbeats, giving the sensation that something’s off… The stitches and the needles put into the mannequin, sort of beautiful and terrifying at the same time. And the red paper heart, ripped in two and fastened with needles.

When I look at this image, a similar image comes to mind; that of a plastic model of the torso that is used in schools all over the world, which you can open and take out the organs one by one, until you reach the heart…

And I love the overall poetic ambiance, that the cover artist has distilled from my story and managed to show in the cover.

In addition, I feel the cover taps into my Scandinavian heritage, with its clean lines and expressive use of color. I love the play with light, and also the grayish light itself feels like home for me, like it’s coming through a window from a sinking Swedish winter sun.


Comments (23)

  • Wow – (will be the common expression from most of us viewers) that picture is so full of symbolic that I will not even try to mention them in a short comment. However, look at the two colours of the broken heart, symbolising a heart that is not in tune with itself.
    This cover sticks to my mind.
    Best of luck with the release.

    • Yes, I also find that the light makes amazing things with this image, for example gives the paper heart interesting nuances, like you pointed out. I am happy to hear it sticks to your mind! And every wow is much appreciated! 🙂

  • Wow från mig också! Framsidan på boken talar till en på så många olika sätt, vilket gör den så intressant sammansatt. Boken kommer att märkas tydligt i bokhandeln o locka många läsare. All lycka och kram till dig

  • Aaaaaah, the cover is absolutely gorgeous!!! So visually striking – bam! Brokenness, stitching together…perfect. And I LOVE the irregular heartbeat idea. So original, so memorable, so fitting. Simple, but Pow! I’d grab it right off the shelf or click on it online, just to read the back cover to learn more about the book. Slam dunk, home run, and every other sport scoring analogy you can think of! 😉 CONGRATS! This is so huge!!

    • Wow — you leave me speechless! 🙂 Sooo happy you like it!! Thank you so much my friend for your support, it means a lot.

      And my publisher has also worked on the text for the back cover, which I will soon put here in my blog… 😉

      • When you said your publisher wanted the cover to be “edgy,” I was like what does that even mean?? A naked person or something? And I guess yes, kind of! 😉 But in classy, unexpected way. Perfect!

        Looking forward to seeing the complete picture! Good luck with proofing, etc – all your hard work will pay off when your words influence people for good!

    • Thanks Dan! Happy to hear you like it, especially since you read the first draft in English, and then you read it again after a couple of rounds of editing, so you certainly know the story! 🙂 (Now there has been some additional editing, but nothing you wouldn’t approve of I think. 😉 ) Next step is proof reading, yay, another milestone…!

  • Vilket fantastiskt omslag! Kan man trycka like tio gånger? Jag förstår att du måste vara mer än nöjd för det här var bland de snyggaste jag sett. Typsnittet ser ut som en av mina favoriter Bodoni. Så rent och stilfullt. Sa jag att det var snyggt?

    • Åå, vad roligt att du tycker om det! Jag älskar också typsnittet, men vet inte vilket detta är, det kanske är Bodoni… Särskilt fäste jag mig vid kontrasten mellan de raka och kursiva bokstäverna, tycker att det fångar något väsentligt med min berättelse som här uttrycks visuellt istället för med ord (eller ja, det är ju i själva titelorden 🙂 ).

  • That’s truly a beautiful cover. I like the roughness of the matter of the mannequin, smoothed out by the soft light. I like the combination of colours,
    I really, really like it 🙂

    • Thanks Sarah! You’re right, there are interesting contrasts going on with the light and the rough materials… I too like the natural colors, and especially in contrast with the red heart. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I appreciate it!

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