I’d like to introduce you all to K. Lynn. She and I have been writer buddies for several years now and I am excited to share a tiny spark of her brilliance with you today. She is an awesome critique partner, a wealth of knowledge, and a good friend. Over the last few years, she has patiently nudged me out of my lazy syntactical habits and introduced me to the LGBT genre through her books.
K. Lynn has been on a publishing tear lately. His Womanly Ways comes out today and she has a novella coming out in July. (Stay tuned to hear more about that work closer to release day.) K. Lynn joins us today in the storage room to talk about the process she went through when designing the cover for her new novel.
A cover is worth a thousand words. At least, to me it is. Going into the publishing process a few years ago, I decided which publishers to query based on their cover designs. If the cover doesn’t appeal to me, then I’m not likely to read the blurb. So, when I got multiple offers for my gender-swap novel His Womanly Ways, one of the deciding factors was what their covers looked like. And, from start to finish in the publishing process, I’ve been happy with Torquere Press.
I had a lot of say over the design of my cover for this book. I mocked up my vision and sent it in, and over the course of a few edits my designer and I came up with something that fits the themes of the novel perfectly. I knew that I wanted to focus on the elements of the transformation, versus a focus on the character appearance. Alex is a businessman, but he’s also a womanizer and makes no excuses for that fact. We start off the novel with him seducing a woman in his hotel room, but this time it’s not going to be a simple love them and leave them situation. She’s not satisfied to be tossed aside as just another notch in Alex’s bedpost, and she curses him, wishing he “knew what it was like for a woman.” He finds out exactly what she means as he embarks on a genderswap journey that he can’t stop.
So, how to represent all of that in one cover? Well, we have the subtle change in fonts as he goes from masculine to feminine over the course of the book. And we also have the appearance of the bra over his shoulder, which represents who he was in seducing women out of their intimate apparel and also who he becomes by embracing the same apparel for his own. It’s the mystery and the journey all combined into one cover and I am very pleased at how it turned out.
About The Book:
Alex is a womanizer. He makes no excuses for it. Yes, he picks up women at the local bar, leaving them with just a memory of a good night and a good lay, but he hasn’t had any complaints yet. That is, until he picks up the wrong woman. Not satisfied to be tossed aside as just another notch in Alex’s bedpost, she curses him, wishing he “knew what it was like for a woman.” And he’s about to find out what she means, embarking on a genderswap journey that he can’t stop.
Alex starts slowly gaining secondary female characteristics. Alex tries to hide the changes he’s going through, for fear that someone will discover his secret, but keeping this quite literally “under wraps” might be impossible before the curse runs its course.
With the help of his female best friend, Eve, Alex tries to deal with who he is becoming. He feels like he’s lost his identity, his mind not matching the body he now has. But Eve sticks by him, and they become closer as Alex’s changes progress. What started out as friendship may become something more before Alex’s journey is over. Perhaps this curse was actually a blessing in disguise.
The Author: K. Lynn
K. Lynn has been an avid reader and writer since childhood. While in college, K. Lynn increased her involvement in LGBT issues and writing within the LGBT fiction genre. She has become a long-time fan of the authors that seek to explore the commonality that exists within all sexualities and genders. Most of K. Lynn’s work features LGBT characters, many of whom are in established relationships and show how love perseveres through every trial and tribulation that life holds. She also has a particular interest in seeing transgender characters gain a larger foothold within the LGBT fiction genre, hoping that the market for these works expand in the future. Contact K. Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @WriterKLynn