With the “Painted Ladies” paperback at the printers and the e-book version available for Kindle, et al, I thought it was time to reveal the cover.
The cover has been designed by James Matthews – thanks a lot – from a simple idea that I had for a butterfly motif. James has based it on the Painted Lady butterfly, which has significance in the story, but he has modified it marvelously with the shadowy mirror image of the girl, which is also on the back cover. Is it Jasmine? Who knows?
Covers are very important. They have to grab the attention, which I think this does, and perhaps convey something of the content which is a bit more difficult. In today’s varied market the cover has to appear clear in the minute form it appears on websites such as Amazon but also look good as a paperback in the hand. I think this cover scores on both those points and I am looking forward to holding a copy in my hands. The blurb is another factor and I hope that what I have put on the back cover gives a good impression. It needs to entice the reader without giving too much of the story away. Writing blurbs is as much as skill as writing a novel. I’m not sure if I’ve got either but no doubt reveiwer will have their say. The printed version of course has the publishers’ information on the back.
The butterfly does hold a particular interest for transgendered people. The metamorphosis of the often dull and drab caterpillar into the bright and colourful butterfly is one that transvestites in particular seek to emulate. Like some of the characters mentioned in Painted Ladies, this blooming in feminine garb also produces a change in character from a quiet, shy male to an flirty, exuberant female. Of course, the irnony is that butterflies of both genders have bright and attractive appearances.
The transition that Jasmine Frame is going through can also be likened to a butterfly emerging from a cocoon. From the safe surroundings that they have built around them the trans-person launches into a new life where he or she is exposed to the world and is vulnerable. Their fragile wings can be easily damaged. The life of a butterfly is often shorter than as the caterpillar but I hope that is stretching the metaphor too far.
If you have purchased the e-book of “Painted Ladies” please post a review and if you are holding back for the paperback, there are only four weeks left to wait. Keep following here for more chat about Jasmine.