That’s the sub-title of my incoming magical realism thriller, BUILDING MEMORIES.

Coming soon: 2.2.22

It’s a twisted, humorous, action-packed, barking mad PI, procedural, weird, macabre love story. Set in South London (mainly) but steeped in frustrated passion dating back to the time of the trenches in the First World War. It’s a coming of age novel for the main character, PI Becky Slade. She is – literally – shown a whole new world by the events surrounding her new case, one that will have her questioning who and what she is.

That’s a lot to cram into a cover.

My vision was to have a picture of Becky on the cover, showing her usual side and a mysterious ‘other self’ which is explained as the book develops.

Here was where I started. Becky is the central character. I wanted her image to be right.

I played with the image and came up with this dark mock-up of a shadowy PI:

From all of this came the duality in the character – hard-boiled PI and mystery figure:

Ellie very kindly took the design to the next level and came up with this blueprint, which I rather love in and of itself…

Here’s Ellie’s finished artwork, which I think is stunning and creates the mysterious mood that I had wanted from the beginning. Check out the background street lamps and gloomy streets:

This is the final version of the cover, with the text included, ready to go…

…on AMAZON BOOKS

2.2.22

Yours to own – eBook or paperback

Cheers,

Alan

Alan Camrose

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