From the Mind of Master Imaginationist Crystal Connor ~"A Trusted Name in Terror."

The Darkness, Artificial Light, In The Valley of Shadows

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Unveiling the Concept Cover for Artificial Light

The artwork Yvette Montoya created The Darkness is a hard act to follow.

So needless to say I was becoming more that just a little worried as Artificial Light began to unfold itself into the complex, nail-biting, roller coaster of a ride that it’s become and at Chptr XXXIII I still had no idea of how or what I wanted the cover of this 2nd book to look like.

Because both power players in this trilogy are women I knew I wanted a woman on the cover, & because of the title I also wanted some sort of play on light and it needed to be pretty … but what I didn’t want is for the cover to look like everyone else’s.

As I’m sure most of you are aware, I am a high-maintenance drama queen with combative and belligerent tendencies who’s not easy to please, and though that has resulted in some pretty phenomenal results it can sometimes be my Achilles heel.

A couple of nights ago, actually it’s been about a week, I sloppily wrote “binary code” in my notebook on my nightstand either while I was dreaming or right as I was waking up & fell back asleep because I don’t remember writing it and had no idea what it meant but I have been thinking about it every sense.

At approx 4am this morning this is what I came up with:

I’m going to pass this off to an artist because it needs a little tweaking she needs darker skin and curlier, darker hair but basically boys and girls this is the cover art for Artificial Light.

I have been up all night and half the day working on A.L. since last Friday so I bought some Tylenol PM so that I can force myself to go to sleep, I missed a breakfast date with my BFF this morning because I was totally delirious from being up all night. I was talking to myself but didn’t understand a word I was saying …that’s pretty bad =/

Til next time guys,


  1. I like it! Can't wait to see it when it's finished. I do like the fact that you want your covers to be different. It's refreshing. :)

  2. Thank you! Like I said it needs a little work, but as far as the cookie cutter cover art goes I'm way over it.