Sleeping in Eden Visual Diary

(Okay, so I started writing this post about two weeks ago when it was nice and cool. Today it will reach nearly 100 degrees in my little corner of the world. *Sigh*)

Fall is in the air today. It’s a brisk 64 degrees this morning, and the steam from my coffee is dancing in a breeze from the open window. There are jars of fresh peaches on the counter and I’m wearing, of all things, a sweatshirt. In August. How can this be? Everything screams autumn, and though I’m not quite ready to let go of summer, the rush of deadlines, schedules, and routines is fast approaching.

It’s kind of exciting.

One of my favorite parts of this time of year is book stuff. For some reason, my publishing schedule nearly always aligns with autumn busyness — when the weather starts to cool, it’s time to talk covers, back cover copy, endorsements, and marketing. I love to write (obviously), but this pre-publication buzz is probably my favorite part of releasing a book. As far as I’m concerned, seeing the cover for the first time is even better than launch day. It’s so great to see your imagination come to life.

Normally I don’t get involved in creating my book covers. I leave that up to the incredibly talented team of graphic artists who make it their business to design gorgeous, evocative, gripping covers. I love all of my covers, and I have some very gifted artists to thank for that.

But Sleeping in Eden is a special book. Truly it is. Ten years in the making. Countless rewrites and edits. Major plot changes. And in the time it took to write, I changed just as much as the manuscript. My first baby was born. And then I lost three more sweet babies. We adopted our darling son, had another miscarriage, had another baby, moved to a different country, started a non-profit organization halfway across the world, and got some wrinkles. (I’d like to say I love those wrinkles, but it’s more of a love-hate relationship.) Suffice it to say, Sleeping in Eden has a very special place in my heart and in my life, and when I finished the final (final-final-final) edits on the book and handed it in, I felt the need to DO something. Pop the cork on a bottle of champagne, sure. But my friends are more creative than that. 😉

One of my dear friends is an artist and photographer (Ellenvelde Photography), and after the final period was set, we spent a whirlwind evening bringing Sleeping in Eden to life. We wanted to capture the mystery, the longing and magic and heartbreak and wistfulness and hurt and hope that is this book. (There might have been some wine involved.)

Anyway, these images are like a visual diary, an artist’s rendering of the je ne sais quoi of Sleeping in Eden. I can’t share the actual book cover with you yet (it’s coming — and it’s ah-mazing), but I’d like to give you a bit of a glimpse into the book. It’s all about temptation and loss, jealousy, loyalty, lies, and, at the root of it all, love.

Thanks for reading!

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