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I love how involved you are in the cover art, and the points of inspiration. It's wonderful how you credit other creatives and how their work has helped you develop your own.
Fun to read about and see the inspiration for your story. Sometimes I can remember a clear moment when an idea for a novel came to me, and sometimes I'm at a loss to recall! This was great to read.
Oooh, I love the photo of the woman in the green skirt with binoculars. And I can't wait to hear more about the cover you choose! I love this post and it inspires me to also do a post on cover art with a link to your post here.
Random House used to give me a few to choose from, and some turned out great (like The Year of Fog or The Marriage Pact paperback) and some turned out really bad (like No One You Know paperback). Sometimes they would give me a few with one terrific one in the bunch, and on the rare unfortunate occasion, they would give me a few that required me to choose the least bad of a crop of bad covers. I find that smaller (less conglomerate-like) publishers give you a lot more say. Grove Atlantic was amazing in working with me on covers for my last book giving me a lot of creative control.