I’m looking for something simple and compelling that will look good on a thumbnail. I want a full cover with a spine and back, as well as an ebook cover. The book cover should be artistic, because art is an important theme in the story. The book is “Painting With Fire” by K.B. Jensen.
My story is a murder mystery set in contemporary South Side Chicago. One of the main characters is a colorblind artist named Tom. He tends to paint in shades of the same color or black and white. He loves to break into old buildings and paint them. He paints things from dreams, visions he believes are from the future or the past. When he paints the portrait of a murderer and drug dealer nicknamed Angel, he paints her looking like an Angel. The character has blue eyes and blond hair but I don’t know that he would paint her that way. I kind of envision half of her face on the cover and the other half obscured by flames, but I’m definitely open to other ideas, as well. This may also reveal too much about the story. A simpler illustration may be better.
Angel works for a nonprofit and uses an old, abandoned church as a meth lab. She looks sweet, but she’s a vicious killer. She finds out that he has painted her and that he has broken into her meth lab and she sets his apartment on fire. A newspaper photographer takes photos as his entire collection goes up in flames, but some of his paintings are salvaged and they later run an art exhibit together.
Here’s the back jacket copy, which could be changed a bit down the line, but you get the idea.
Painting With Fire, An Artistic Murder Mystery
Claudia Wilson never quite trusted her roommate, an artist named Tom. After finding a body buried in a snow bank outside her front door, her suspicions about his eccentric behavior only worsen.
Unemployed and obsessed with the murder, she starts questioning her neighbors. She realizes how little she knows about the people who live around her, including Tom.
Tempted by love but unable to trust a man with a past in light of the murder, Claudia does everything she can to find out about the killer. The results lead her to a startling discovery.
When art and violence collide, the results can be explosive.