|Great Aunt Lizzie|
I’ve been spending an interesting time turning some of my bestselling sagas into ebooks and having new covers designed. To make the books more personal, I have delved into the archives of family photo albums and chosen relations to illustrate my heroines!
For example, on the cover of The Suffragette is a photo of my great grand-aunt Elizabeth Maclagan, sister to my great grandmother Janet Gorrie who was a suffragette supporter in Edinburgh. I don’t know if Elizabeth got involved herself, but she had three nieces who were campaigners for the Pankhursts’ WSPU.
For the Jarrow Trilogy, I have used other Maclagans on the fronts of The Jarrow Lass and A Child of Jarrow, chosing women from the right era for 19th century and Edwardian periods.
|My lovely Mum!|
But for the third and final novel, Return to Jarrow, which is set in the 30s and 40s I have used a delightful picture of my own mother. She was a young woman in the 1940s and embarking on an acting career, so is very photogenic. I may use her again!
The new print versions are coming out in early September, but are being released as ebooks first. They are already doing very well on Amazon Kindle – going into the bestseller lists for Family Sagas.
Amazon ranking for 12 July 2011:
The Jarrow Lass – #6 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Family Saga
Child of Jarrow – #11 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Family Saga
Return to Jarrow – #22 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Family Saga