‘Grace’ and me, the photographer, who got into the frame.

Creating the Cover: The Wounded Nurse

Hi time travelers,

Today I’m going to tell you about creating the cover of The Wounded Nurse, or as you might call it: what happens when an author and avid photographer starts making his own covers.

‘Grace’ and me, the photographer, who got into the frame.

‘Grace’ and me, the photographer, who got into the frame.

When designing a new book cover, writers usually tend to purchase images from image stock sites, pay for the photos, and hire a designer to create the cover. It’s simple, it’s cheap, and in the end our goal as writers is to produce good books. The cover is just the wrapper for our words.

In my first historical fiction novel, The Girl Under the Flag, I used a picture I’d purchased from a stock site. Still, this time, as an amateur photographer, I wanted to photograph Grace the heroine myself, to create precisely the right cover for this story.

First, the makeup

First, the makeup

So I searched and found the right young woman, got a dress and a nurse’s hat, as they used to wear back in the ‘40s, and brought a makeup artist to help me prepare the photo shoot.

Almost ready. Only the hat is missing

Almost ready. Only the hat is missing

The result is before of you. I hope you like the cover that resulted.

The Wounded Nurse

The Final Cover

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