One of our readers asked if we ever considered the possibility of hiring models to pose as our main characters for the cover of our books, The Body Hunters. We politely said no, it wasn't something we would consider.
is about imagination and fantasy. My vision of what Danielle Labouleaux
and that fine hunk of a man, Aiden Stone look like may be different
from my co-author's vision of them, which is different from our reader's
vision of what the couple looks like. Putting two models on the cover
could be disruptive to the reader's experience and may turn them off if
the model's appearance is not what they had in mind.
confess that the same thing happened to me with a series of novels I
read. The series was briefly turned into a TV series. Now the male
protagonist got a pass, he looked like I would imagine his character to
be. His female partner was not. The actress was blond while the
character was a brunette. She looked Hollywood glamorous while in the
books the character was a bit of a tomboy and an athlete. For whatever
reason I just couldn't fall in love with the show like I wanted and the
changes in appearance may have been why. Now I'm afraid to pick up the
next book in the series because I think the show may have ruined it for
It's something to consider as an author
when the time comes around to design your book covers. Sometimes
letting your audience use their own imagination is the best policy.
Besides, the actor I envision as Aiden Stone is a little too busy making
movies to worry about a book cover shoot. : )