Let's start off with the name. Most novels will name themselves without a problem. This thought started off as Memories of Madelyn. I love the repeating MMM, just yummy. Which then morphed to Minding Madelyn since at the time the shorter titles seemed to do better than my very long title. Which morphed again into Finding Madelyn as that's where the story starts. I started with the design and fashion of 1947, when the story takes place. I love the attitude of the girl. I love
For Mortals, Gods, and a Muse I wanted the mountain, a representation of Olympus, with the sun coming up over it and the sea, this is after all a repeating occurrence throughout the novel. This was far easier than the swords to adjust to bring out more of a painted quality than just a grainy photograph. I also had to have some dark ominous clouds. I wanted to differentiate the Muse from the rest of the title and show the whimsy that the book has. Add the tagline. There we go.
I knew that I wanted three swords, which led me to the Three of Swords from tarot card decks. I found one(yes with the dragon) I liked and started deconstructing the thing. I didn't need anything but those swords. Anyone can draw a heart. Even me, in March of 2008, when the horrible heart on black started. Of course, I was also new to photoshop and photo manipulation in general and there is a major learning curve. Thankfully, that first version didn't last long and I updated