I’m not sure whether it’s like this for every writer, but sometimes, when I’m searching for stock photos to make my book covers, I’ll run across one that looks eerily familiar.
Because it features someone who’s the spitting image of my character.
When I first started writing the Ashkettle Boys books, I didn’t have a concrete image in my mind of what the brothers looked like. And then one day, I ran across this image.
Instantly, I knew this was Dack Ashkettle. I recognized his clothes, his expression and his surroundings. In Book One, Bo reminisces about Dack’s uncanny ability to make himself disappear by heading into the woods with a beat-up book and a cranky flashlight.
The young man in this pic holds a tablet, but the sentiment is the same.
In my mind’s eye, this is Dack after the boys make their escape from evil Uncle Merle and find refuge with Sonny at the cabin.
And after Sonny buys him new clothes that fit, and he gets his stylish new haircut.
And speaking of Sonny …
Those eyes, though!
I haven’t run across an image of Bo’s face yet, but when I do, I’ll share it with you. These are all stock images, purchased from the site I utilize for cover art.
What about you? Do you have your own idea of how the Ashkettle boys might look? If so, I’d love to hear about it!
Let me know in the comments 🙂 And don’t forget to claim your free copy of “Ashkettle Fierce!” The promotion ends tomorrow.