Fun fact: for years, I had always wanted to use this concept for a book cover. What I had in mind was a single figure of a woman with her back to the camera. Everything was in black and white, except for the woman’s red dress.
So, like so many of us, I’ve been stressed out by recent events. My productivity has gone down so much it’s not even funny. So I decided to do something new instead of just staring at the laptop screen for hours.
On a recent trip to Hong Kong, my traveling companions and I found a lovely shop Japanese bookshop. As a moderate consumer of Japanese TV shows, Japanese movies and the occasional j-rock band, I felt duty-bound to check it out.
I’ve actually done a cover for this story before. It was for the original, novella-length version of Playing Autumn, which was included in a limited-run romance anthology, and published as a limited-run print edition.
The new version is a novel, and the romance is a bit steamier. So Mina asked me to do a “spicier” cover.
Too many websites these days (including a couple of mine!) are stuck in the days before mobile devices became a thing. And by “became a thing”, I mean it became a popular choice of machine to view websites on.