Nobody’s Child

paperback or e-book cover with woman in hat
original image for Nobody'd Child book cover

Unlikely beginnings
No author would have pointed me at this image and expected the final effect. I did a considerable amount of tweaking to produce a grainy, lighter version. Once I had cropped out the gun the image had changed from a thriller with a ‘tough’ protagonist, to a mood of hiding or fearing something.

This is a royalty free image and the main typeface is Impact. The original photo file came from pixabay.com.

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Miss Chatham

picture in a park for Miss Chatham poem

They walk together in the park
at three fifteen each day.
Miss Chatham and Euphorbia
quietly make their way.
One loved in life, one never held,
both showing time’s decay

Some note quietly, as they pass,
this singular mismatched pair.
The lady clothed in Sunday best
and her friend’s wild wispy hair.
Both alone, but twinned for life,
Miss Chatham and her teddy bear.

Revenge

e book or paperback cover showing woman staring straight at reader
original file for book cover Revenge

Softening tones
This was a stark photograph. Always threatening when someone looks straight at the camera. What I wanted to do was make the image ‘quieter’ so I changed the contrast and colour balance quite a lot and this made the text appear almost ‘glossy’ in contrast.

This is a royalty free image and the main typeface is Helvetica Condensed. The original photo file came from unsplash.com.

Book cover design costs vary depending on whether it’s an ebook or paperback but around £80 ($100) is a good guide.

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Timing is everything

I spent seven months writing a book about the world 100 years after it has recovered from a pandemic virus, rising sea levels and massive solar storms and what happens?

The same month I started sending my manuscript out to agents, we get a pandemic corona virus and a threat that the western Antarctic ice sheet may fail (that alone would raise sea levels by an estimated three metres). All we need now is a repeat of the Carrington Event of 1859 (now overdue) and I’m three for three.

As my son put it. “Who will want a book that anticipates disasters that are actually happening? That’s too bloody scary.”

The Cult of NIHA

It can’t be classed as a widespread cult when there’s only been one member of this sect for the last fifty or so years, so perhaps I should explain why.

pathway to light through rough field

Like many teenagers of my generation I was looking for a religion that I could accept and believe. It later became fashionable to describe this as having ‘a god shaped hole in your life’.

I could never bridge the gap between belief and proof, so I looked for a commonality in those religions I explored. They all had a basic mantra of doing good, respecting each other and caring for the world in all it’s intricate beauty.

Okay, so they pretty much all declared wars and vendettas against each other over the centuries and claimed they were the only ‘one and true religion’. I needed something that give me a path to follow, avoided the negatives and focussed on the positives. It was and is NIHA.

Never Intentionally Harm Anyone

The credo is simple. You will accidentally hurt or harm people, emotionally or physically, in your journey through life – but never do so intentionally.

Have I lived up to this objective? Probably not as I’m not a saint. But the direct alternative is nihilism and in that path lies madness and hatred

I have rarely spoken of NIHA to anyone, never tried to promote it on any social media, never introduced it as #NIHA and never written about it until now. Probably very few will ever read this and I don’t expect it to be adopted by anyone else, but it has worked for me I hope.

If you want to join me, there are no leaders, no meetings and definitely no initiation ceremony.

Other religious beliefs are available.

Right Behind You

paperback or e book cover with woman walking through meadow
original image used for this book cover

Unwanted objects
I have done nothing at all to this image other than crop it and, rather importantly, paint out a rather clumsy and large camera the woman was carrying. The remains now look like a small bag (I hope).

This is a royalty free image and the main typeface is Marydale. The original photo file came from pikwizard.com.

Book cover design costs vary depending on whether it’s an ebook or paperback but around £80 ($100) is a good guide.

If you need a cover for your new novel or if you’re short of an idea for a plot? Browse these imagined book covers and strap lines for ideas.