Interview with Caroline Gerardo

How do you approach cover design?
I begin a novel with a large white board that has photographs and images. Next the board has an outline of chapters. Those images may change as the story unfolds in the writing process. With my current work in progress, Eco Terrorist (working title) I thought I would use a sepia toned image. I love Alice Hoffman's cover for the Dovekeepers. I was thinking of an image of a woman from the rear view. My white board has photos of tornados, dust devils, and Vincent VanGogh's peasants during his early period. Cover art is vital to the book. It tells a visual tale. Readers take clues from the kind of font, colors and choices in the cover art. I will supply the artwork and have a pro help decide how to put the font and spline together. My original concept of cover art for the work in progress has changed over time. Accepting these as exciting creative steps, rather than failures is part of the magic.
Published 2014-07-22.
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Books by This Author

The Lucky Boy
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 82,170. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Transgressional fiction
ADD wasn't diagnosed in 1968, Seth is a teen who can't control his actions. His neurosurgeon father and drugged debutante mother send him to be raised by his Grandmother. Grandmother suddenly dies, Seth returns to a disillusioned life in Pennsylvania. A hypnotic story that charms through his dark journey. Seth sells drugs, arranges bum fights for hire and commits crimes to find the girl he loves.
Toxic Assets
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 93,300. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
A thriller set in the days before the crash of 2008. Katherine leaves Wall Street and a failed marriage to accept the position of President of Nationwide Bank. She doesn't know that someone is going to frame her for the murders of the Board Members. This is not a stodgy banker story, the characters enjoy wild parties and fine wine.