First of all the 'Queen and Country' element of it needed to be prominent. So I came up with the idea of the flag, of course. But the flag is made up of all the elements of the story - elephants, marching bands, shoes, classic post box, sceptre and crown... here are some early versions of the cover, partly inspired by governmental WW2 posters:
As usual the one I was drawn to least got picked (to quote Bill Hicks I can prove this rule on an Etch-A-Sketch - it happens every time!) and my drawings of the soldier's boot and pink Converse was replaced with a photo, but it works and I'm pleased with the resulting hardback. The pink lettering I threw in at the last minute as I like to balance out what can sometimes be rather a lot of 'swirly whirly' with some rude brush action. They went for it, which pleased me.
The flag incidentally was re-drawn and re-employed later in December for my birthday party invites, saying 'I Love Chips' because I had my party at a massive chip shop in Leicester called Grimsby Fisheries. If you've not been, and you're in the area, there really is no excuse - fishes the size of battered whales and chip mountains arising from lakes of beans. That's all I'm saying. This in turn was noticed by a few people who asked if it was available as a print, which it now is!
But more on that later.
Meantime, if you want to buy a copy of Billie Templar's War, I'd suggest ordering it from your nearest bookshop. And I don't mean the virtual one that starts with an A and has the same name as the massive forests...again, more on that very subject to come.
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I was recently interviewed by Random House for their blog, please click the link to have a read: