Friday, January 24, 2014
My Cover Reveal and the Story Behind the Book
When my publisher sent me the file for my cover, I waited three hours to open it. Would it show my story? Would it stand up to a former bookbuyer's eye? Would it draw anyone in?
I wasn't disappointed. Seeing The Mulligan on the cover gave me an extra thrill. They used my title. Then I read the blurb and smiled again. Yes, they kept what I sent them.
But there's always more to a cover than the design in this writing process. There's the story behind it.
For my friends who have followed my blog over the years, many of you might remember that after my husband lost his job in 2007, he couldn't find work anywhere in Florida. His inactivity around the house drove me nuts and I knew he needed something to occupy his time until he found work.
One day I suggested he take up golf. What followed was a volunteer job at a local course and eventually he went to PGCC for his degree in Golf Management.
He was in a class of men--all ages--and one woman. When I heard about this young girl who had decided to attend a mostly all male golf school, my imagination went wild.
But that's not the end of the story. My husband never made a huge use of his degree--preferring to return to his original path of employment. He lamented going to school but I argued at least he has a good hobby now. Before golf, he didn't.
Today when I saw the cover, I also saw God's hand in our lives when he led my husband to that school and allowed us to learn about the sport. Maybe it wasn't all about my husband staying busy and gaining a new hobby.
I think God had a bigger plan and that was to allow me to write a book about a topic I previously knew nothing about. Sometimes we get to see the answer to why.
Isn't He amazing?