The Cape Fear region has a lot to offer, not the least of which is an amazing pool of talented artists and artisans. Lucky for me! Because although I’m a decent sketcher, when it came time to create the cover art for my book, I needed someone with a gift for conveying emotion in a visual form.

Oh, and the artist had to be willing to absorb my goals and transmute them into their own artwork and then release said artwork back for more input because what I’d said I wanted sorta evolved into something different. (Yeah . . . writers revise. A lot.)

Thank goodness for Mark Weber! Mark is the kind of chill guy who listens intently and gets excited about what you’re trying to accomplish, and then sets about helping you get there. It’s like (dare I say it?) having a team member.

“But wait,” you say. “Writing is solitary! Everyone knows that. It’s for loners and dreamers, not collaborators!”

Pardon me while I politely laugh.

Where were we? Oh, yes. Collaboration.

For authors, whether independent or backed by a traditional publisher, there is a whole mess of “stuff” that has to be done, and it is physically and psychologically damn near impossible to do it all yourself—and do it well. (Trust me, I’ve tried.)

So to my friend, Mark, gifted illustrator and artist who tailored your vibrant style to suit what I needed—thank you for being on my team!

And to my friendly readers, please help me express my gratitude and check out his exceptional work at and

Thanks, y’all!

~ J.

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