Harlequin Books

Creating Cover Concepts

by art director Krista Oliver

I arrived at photographer Robert Gagnon's studio to shoot the November 2010 American Romance covers.

American Romance is a “Home and Family” series, so the set is always buzzing with lots of babies, children, dogs, horses, and even a police car on one occasion.
For this cover, Jesse: Merry Christmas Cowboy by Lynnette Kent, we had all the western wedding paraphernalia, wedding gowns, rings, bouquet, western suit with bolo tie for our dapper hero!

Today I was accompanied by our marketing team, who came a long to see the final cover of the mini-series The Cody’s wrap with the big wedding.

Shooting four covers is a full day. On set we have always have the photographer, his assistants, hair and make-up and the stylists who brings all the clothes and accessories. We have a pose and a feel we’re trying to achieve and a lot of time is spent in prep and lighting, so that the models look as great as possible.

Meanwhile there is always great food around and I always seem too eat too much, even before our lunch break…and yes models eat too…sometimes :)

Once the shoot is finished the image of the couple is sent to an illustrator to have the background element put in.

I find when I tell people what I do for a living, they are surprised that every cover has a concept, is cast and shot and illustrated..it’s a lot of work, but it’s fun job!

Q & A with Rebecca Winters!
Q: What makes babies and children excellent secondary characters in romance novels?
A: Babies and children represent hope for the future.  Their presence in a romance brings a richness to the story that bonds the old and new generations and brings challenges the hero and heroine must overcome to obtain joy and reach their greatest potential in a loving family relationship.

Q & A with Rebecca Winters!

Q: What makes babies and children excellent secondary characters in romance novels?

A: Babies and children represent hope for the future.  Their presence in a romance brings a richness to the story that bonds the old and new generations and brings challenges the hero and heroine must overcome to obtain joy and reach their greatest potential in a loving family relationship.