Henri’s first EVER book cover!


I think I just fell in love… with my book cover!

When I wrote Up Close, I pictured the characters in my head, their feelings, the things they did, places they went, and all these thoughts featured heavily when I was imagining what the cover of my book would look like. Or, to be perfectly honest, when I was fantasising about how it would look…

So I was surprised when I saw the first visuals from Choc Lit, because it was nothing like I’d imagined. It made me realise that, although I’d dreamt about covers a lot, it was all very vague, just something to do with the Norfolk coast where the novel is set.

But the cover made me go “Wow!”, and I take my hat off to the talented cover artist who was able to put this author’s nebulous thoughts into a visual format. It can’t have been an easy task.

I love the colours, the contrast between the dark foreground and the grey-blue winter sky, the rickety groyne leading into the unknown and creating a sense of distance in the image. And I love the lone sea gull perched on a post, haughtily surveying its kingdom: the untamed nature in this corner of the country.

The brooding atmosphere with the curling mist speaks of secrets yet to be revealed and hints at hidden dangers. And for both Lia and Aidan there are plenty of secrets and dangers to do battle with.

The best thing, of course, is that it has my name on it. Nothing can quite describe how I felt when I saw my name in print, and the knowledge that my first novel containing my words and my imagination will soon be on display for all to see and read if they want to (a scary thought, actually…).

So, in December I’ll be up close with Up Close (sorry, couldn’t resist!) when I finally get to hold the physical book in my hands. Can’t wait!

48 thoughts on “Henri’s first EVER book cover!

  1. Wow, that’s fabulous, Henri, so evocative and very enticing. I’m really looking forwards to reading it.

  2. It’s lovely, Henri – am really looking forward to reading it!

  3. Love it, Henri. Especially the seagull, as they like to sit on posts, so it is atmospheric and realistic, all at the same time. And it has your NAME on it!!!

  4. Oh, wow, Henri!! I absolutely LOVE your cover. It’s dramatic, atmospheric, intriguing – it does everything a cover should do. No wonder you’re so thrilled with it. I can’t wait to read the book.

  5. Oh Henri – it is gorgeous! LOVE it! It entices the reader perfectly. Can’t wait to read it 🙂 X

  6. Love it, Henri! Very dramatic, with the promise of a cracking good read – in – waiting. I shall really look forward to buying my copy. So thrilled for you 🙂 x x

  7. Gorgeous cover, Henri! And it’s set in Norfolk – that’s three reasons to buy it, now 🙂 (i.e. it’s your book, love the cover, and the setting as you know is, ahem, close to my heart). Can’t wait for December!

  8. Lovely, lovely cover, Henri…….and holding the real deal in your hand will be a wonderful moment, trust me! Congratulations…..go celebrate a little….or maybe a lot!

  9. I’m so glad the cover has gone down well with you all! I’m still sitting here, looking at it in amazement – is this really me, is it really my book…? Having a cover suddenly makes it all very real, and December can’t come soon enough! 🙂

  10. Yes, wow. Choc lit covers are great and really invite us to read the books. This one is a double wow. I won’t be reading it on kindle. I have to have it.

  11. Great cover! And as Carol says, all the Choc Lit ones are so well done, can’t wait to read it 🙂 x

  12. Thanks, my lips actually formed a perfect “o” when I saw it, because I felt it truly captured the essence of the book. What more could a writer want? Apart from mega sales, of course… 😀

  13. Ooh it’s gorgeous! So atmospheric. Can’t wait to see it in real life!

  14. Henri – that’s just lovely.
    It instantly captures the imagination and it certainly makes me even MORE eager to get my hands on the book.

  15. This is what it’s all about, Henri…and that dream coming true… How wonderful! I think the cover looks perfect. So pleased for you xx

  16. Ah, Henri! I’m so proud of you – that cover is absolutely gorgeous! Can’t wait to read the book. :o) x

  17. Aww, thank you for all your lovely messages! It is a dream come true, and the cover is so much better than anything I could ever imagine. Now I’m trying to picture what it might look like in the shops…. That bit is still a little unreal!

  18. Juliet – I’m not sure, you’d have to ask Berni. But I have seen sea defences like that in real life. Hx

  19. Thanks. I know I’d pick it up in a book shop, but perhaps I’m a little biased… 😀

  20. Thank you, Sandra. The cover is so ten times better than anything I could have imagined. I’m really pleased. Hx

  21. Wonderful cover Henri. You must be made up. Can’t wait to read it. Is this set in Norfolk .

  22. Jan and Lizzie – Thanks for your support! And, yes, Lizzie, it is set in Norfolk, on the coast.

  23. Nell, Juliet and Cathie – Many thanks! It’s a wonderful feeling. Roll on December 😀

  24. Thank you, Janice, and also for all your help with certain tecnical aspects of the novel. You’re in the credits!

  25. Henriette, What a fantastic cover, really evocative. Good Luck with the sales x

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