I wanted a crow, or a painted, tin, flaming heart, on the cover of my book, and then I discovered this incredible artist online, Katja Ramirez, and saw this painting she'd done (above, right) and knew I wanted her to design my book cover. I sent her a few pages of the novel and she loved it. I found out that, like me, she'd grown up in Montreal and was about my age and, suddenly, it felt like fate. Now she lives in Austin, Texas. You can see her amazing work at: katjaramirez.com. It was the closest I've ever come to getting a tattoo.
Sometimes when the sky is this blue, you have to paint your house pink.
A lot of good art is culled from the dustbins of wretched alleyways. Come write your heart out with this scavenger.