When I start a new story, most times I always try to envision my characters and give life to them. I breathe life into them with my words the same way I imagine God breathed life into Adam and Eve during creation.

Breathing life to them means I have to know their story, know where they are coming from, how they grew up, their insecurities, what they look like, what they feel, their general make-up, and then, my story develops from what I have been able to envision. This is a particularly interesting phase for me because it makes me tell the story within the story.

When I started writing Beyond Now, I imagined her as a very dark, shy and quirky teenager. She was beautiful but her features were so irregular she didn’t believe so but anyone who saw her could tell immediately that she would grow into a real beauty. My vision was forming but at that point, it has not fully developed.

Then, I got a great idea. I decided to create a series of characters to depict the story. I took some scenes out of the book, gave them to a graphics artist to help me develop them and something interesting came out. If you’ve been reading my blog posts, you’ve definitely seen the pictures I’ve been using for a while now. I love them; they bring the characters to life and portray the story in a very beautiful way. Images speak to people better than words.

When the time came for the cover to be designed, I had such high hopes. I didn’t know what I wanted exactly, but I knew I would know it when I see it. Thanks to my designer for working with me anyway. After rejecting two previous covers, we finally came up with one that resonates with me, and depicts the story perfectly.

Thus, the characters are formed and a beautiful cover came out. It’s been a very interesting journey for me so far and I can’t wait for you to meet Bella and Chris.

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