I was very lucky finding just the right model for the cover of Three Months to Change. My actress/model daughter became my alter-ego as I moved through my writing process. I’d see one of her photo shoots and had fallen in love with a few of the images. I decided to ask her to be my cover and to answer some questions!
What brought you to modeling for my book cover?
It wasn’t the planned result of my photo shoots that brought me to the cover of Three Months to Change. Initially, I go into a session with an open mind and no expectations. Then something miraculous happens. There’s a connection between model and photographer that takes over the shoot. When the two bond, it’s like the magic of romance—and why so many spectacular romantic scenes find voice on the covers of books.
But how does that connection translate to my book?
The connection between the two people working can be so varied: by mood, by location, by circumstance… When this particular shoot was happening with Jesse Lynn Hare of Jessie Lynn Hare Photography, the feeling was all about romance and intrigue. She’d chosen the woods as the backdrop, and a bench as a prop. She’d asked me to dress in a flowing gown. Once there and “into” the shoot, the feeling around it was that of mystery and romance—of uncertainty, of a woman who had decisions to make but could not rely on her surroundings. But none of these things were spoken between us. There was, however, a link between us that held the feelings as part of the shoot.
How do you explain that the bench would be important in my book, in that it begins and ends the story, when you didn’t know about the storyline at the time of the shoot?
I cannot explain it. It’s synchronicity that draws all of us together. That’s the paranormal connection of the universe. The bond of photographer, model, and author: the coming together of serious skills that mold themselves into an entity—your book—that will live on forever and connect us as individuals. [She laughs] It was meant to be!
Do you have connections like this with all your camera people?
I’ve been very lucky and can say that I have. I’ve been part of all kinds of interesting and connected emotions. I’ve been in a zombie apocalypse, sported a gun as a private detective, shown the sides of a family woman…the list goes on. Some of that is my acting ability, some is the connection, and a lot involves the ability of the photographer to have an open mind and to see what no one else can see: the me at that moment. I love my photographers. I have heard others say that this has not always been their experience, and you can see this if you study the modeling images available out in the world—some show connection, some don’t. That’s no one’s fault. A connection is a divine thing. It’s what you strive for, but no one owes it to you.
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Drop by to see some of the other images that were taken by Jessie Lynn Hare (and others) when we chose the one we did for Three Months to Change.