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Food for imagination

I love maps; always have, ever since I was a child. I love all kinds of maps from historical maps to road maps and atlases. I’m good at reading them, too, and usually end up as the navigator on family vacations to strange places; we’ve seldom got lost and have always found back home.
In addition to being helpful in practise, I find maps a great food for my imagination. I like to imagine what the places that are only lines on paper will look like in reality. They don’t even have to be maps of real places; those imaginary maps in most fantasy books are vital for my enjoyment of them and I consult the maps often during the reading.
I use maps when I write my own books too, although the books themselves don’t contain them. I want to see the places where my characters live and work, the routes they would take between the two and the transportation they would use. Sometimes I’ve changed locations for either or both because I’ve thought the commuting too much of a hassle; it’s easy to relocate…

A new year, a new cover

A new year is about new starts, right? Well, I’ve never been good at making New Year’s resolutions; or, I can make them, I just can’t keep them. My new leaf is, therefore, a new cover for an old book. Those of you who have read this blog before may remember that I have a tendency to change the covers I make every now and then. However, the cover for ‘At Her Boss’s Command’ has been troublesome from the start (see the old covers here and here).
The trouble with the covers of this book has been that they haven’t really reflected everything the book is. The first one was too sexy and the second one too romantic. And neither of them conveyed the suspense side of the story. What I needed was a cover that combines all three aspects. This time, I think I’ve nailed it.
The picture of two shoes, man’s and woman’s, lined side by side hit me instantly as the one I needed when I came across it on Dreamstime. They’re elegant shoes, suitable for business people; they’re facing each other, very close …