My eight part short story, Spellbinder, is now up! You can read it on Wattpad or on my site. If you like stories about magic, curses and girls who save themselves, then you’ll love this.
While I was still working on Spellbinder I asked my friend Judie if she could do the cover for it. First she did a mock up of what Robin (the main character) might look.
I fell completely in love with her design of Robin. She got everything right, even down to the wolf t-shirt I asked for (why? because I love wolves).
After consulting Judie about cover ideas she came back with this.
Even though Judie didn't follow what I wanted to the letter, she came up with something that represents Robin and her journey in this story.
The next thing she needed to do was the cover itself. I made it explicitly clear that I wanted Robin's skin to be brown. Robin is part Maori and while Maori people have a range of skin colours, I wanted Robin's Maoriness to be clear.
After this we had to decide on a font and Judie was kind enough to mock up a few different options.
We decided on number four (the one in caps) because the one in normal font looked a bit too twilighty for our taste.
After a bit more work Judie finished the cover and I was more in love with it then ever. Robin was there in all her glory.
So there it is! This cover was done a long time ago but, while I finished the current version of Spellbinder about six months ago, I wasn't sure if I wanted to put it out there. After a bit of persuasion from Judie (see below) I decided to publish it.
I hope you enjoy reading Spellbinder and that you are as in love with the cover as much as I am.
Anjulie Te Pohe
Founder of Koru Mag | Mookychick contributor | Avid reader and writer of YA | Takatapui (Maori & bi/queer) | She/Them | Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org