Sometimes, beautiful things just happen.
They happen when you least expect them to, and they can be small miracles.
You see here the cover of my novel "The Distant Shore", coming January 17, published by Buddhapuss Ink. It has the most amazing, the loveliest art on its cover. When I first saw this painting, when I clicked on it on the artist's site, it seemed to me as if the world stopped for a moment, and in that instant I heard a bell toll, felt the universe shift just a tiny bit and settle in the way it was meant to be.
I stared at this image, and I wondered if the artist, Eric G. Thompson, had been inside my head when I wrote "The Distant Shore", if he knew what I had written.
Because, if it were at all possible to pour thoughts onto canvas, this would have been it.
And this is where the miracle comes in.
Even though this painting is sold, even though it is an expensive, one-of-a-kind original piece of art, it will be on my book. Eric and the owner gave their consent. If they were within reach now, I'd kiss them, I'm that grateful.
I wanted this painting on my book cover with every fiber of my heart. I think I wanted this even more than getting my book published in the first place.
(If you remember, I wasn't at all ready to sign a book deal when the publisher found me. The book wasn't even finished. I made them WAIT for it. Yes, I know; big no-no. But no one told me that.)
Eric G.Thompson and his wife Hilary made this dream come true.
For that, for their kindness, and for understanding how much this means to me, I want to thank them.
Please visit Eric's website. Do what I like to do there: drown in the beauty of his art. Let it take you away. Admire it, and admire the artist who sees the world like he does.
I know I do.