Last week, I revealed the cover of my debut novel Boracay Vows and I’m so happy with the response I got from everyone who’s seen it. Some kept asking if that was me in the photo. I wish! I may have looked like the model twenty years ago when I first went to Boracay, but not now.
This has always been my vision of it from the beginning. A girl sitting on the white sand of Boracay facing the sea. When I was writing it during NaNoWriMo2016, this was my working cover.
Renee, my friend from high school, took it in Palawan and although it’s beautiful, it is not Boracay. So I pressed on.
In the past year, every time one of my friends would check in from Boracay, I’d send a message asking them to take a photo and explaining my concept. They were always accommodating. Here are a few samples from the ones I received.
Stunning, right? Whenever I get a photo, I was always envious that I wasn’t there myself.
Although great on their own, I wanted more of the recognizable Boracay icons on the cover. However, I’m not too proficient with photo enhancement softwares, so I consulted with an expert. Lucy Rhodes of Render Compose came to the rescue. After a few email and Facebook Messenger exchanges, we got it done. And it’s done very well indeed.
I really love it. I can’t wait for the readers to meet Krista and go to Boracay through my book. Coming very soon.
Photo credit: Renee, Tiara, Jonathan, and Chippy.