It was during one of those 3-hour sleep interruptions in the middle of the night that it dawned on me: What about the artist who did the cover for A Measured Thread? The moment I saw that painting hanging on the wall in our local coffee shop, Crossroads in Cross Plains, I knew it was perfect. Two years later when I was finishing A Measured Thread, I tracked down the artist, Gina Hecht, and purchased the painting and rights.
Gina’s website showed several beautiful abstract paintings, but most of them were listed as “sold” by the gallery in Chicago where she shows her work. Back to square one. I decided to reach out to Gina personally and see if she had anything in the works. Her response was immediate and encouraging; she had three pieces recently finished. All of them were lovely, but one in particular, a small abstract piece titled “Finding Joy”, lifted my heart.
Gina and I met over coffee in Waunakee which is near where both of us live, to conclude the transaction. We had the most wonderful conversation about painting vs. writing. She talked about what it felt like to shift from painting small to large pieces, as she did during Covid when demand for large landscapes was high. In contrast, during Covid I shifted to writing short stories (Kernels). It was only afterwards that I had the energy to begin writing another novel. I came away from our meeting with a precious box containing what I know will be the perfect cover for my new novel which will be released in March, 2024. I’ll keep you posted.