When I sit down to write a story, the characters are as real to me as if they are people I know. Perhaps more than any others, Captain Jane has always lived in my head as a fully-formed person in three dimensions. I know her so well, I always think I know exactly what she will say or do. It’s always fun when she surprises me, though! When I wanted to do the first version of the book cover, I went looking for an artist who could take what was in my head and bring Jane to life on a digital canvas.
The artist I ended up working with, Matt Duckett, was awesome. He proposed a number of versions of the final painting, and I could see that he “got” Jane from the start.
And the final painting captured her essence beautifully!