I am writing a young adult mystery novel about a 15-year-old girl living in rural Pennsylvania who discovers her guardian is a vampire while investigating the death of her father.
It’s not a traditional “vampire” story. It’s more of a squishy/full of feels/coming of age story with “vampire” being a metaphor (of sorts) for any group that gets marginalized/victimized. In other words, instead of picking a “real” minority or a choosing a specific illness with perceived limitations, I chose vampirism.
I HATE the labels society puts on us. Even worse, I HATE the labels I’ve put on myself over the years (lazy, stupid, not good enough, etc.) and this is the book I’ve played with, on and off, in my delusional attempt to address these BIG issues (and more) in a “safe,” young-adult-friendly way.
Writing a novel is hard work! I feel like Captain Ahab and this book has been my whale. But facing my fears has been MUCH harder than the actual writing.
So…not only am I writing once more, I’m playing at making book covers. I made MANY practice covers for imaginary books first, then I made covers for my old Wattpad stories, and then…I made a dozen covers for the book I’d like to FINALLY publish. These are two favorites of that bunch:
Let me know what you think. Any advice will be appreciated. I am a TOTAL newbie at this cover making stuff. My computer skills are not that great. I am REALLY stubborn so that seems to have helped…but experience is BETTER!!! LOL