Remember that picture of the Schloss Itter that I posted back on the 23rd of February? Well, here it is, masquerading as the Schloss Blitzenfels, scene of the climax of 'The Secret Angels'.
Its development was a protracted affair. This is actually the third cover that I made from the original photograph. The other two were fine, but neither looked really appropriate to the subject matter of the book.
The original image looks like a postcard, all sunshine and gloss. It also shows a much wider view. For the cover, I wanted to concentrate on the building, but keep it in its mountain setting. As the book draws towards its climax, Rutter spies on the castle through binoculars, and by evening light. Through the technological wonder that is Photoscape, I was able to simulate all of that, and also to add a layer of graininess to give it a gritty feel, which is entirely appropriate when you discover what is inside the castle. The effect that I was trying to create was of a truly beautiful place that hides something much, much darker.
I hope you like it. Feel free to let me know what you think.
Right now, however, I still have to finish the book. Rutter and Trudi are outside the castle, and night has fallen.
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