A big welcome to Jennifer Allis Provost!
First, a disclaimer; I am Jenn's cover designer! It was an amazing pleasure to work with her on her wonderful and lyrical book. It was a breeze to do this cover with all the amazing imagery built into the text.
So without further ado, Jenn is going to tell you how the idea for Copper Girl sprang into her life behind a desk at an office cubicle.
Life Imitating Art
As you, dear reader, may or may not be aware, my urban fantasy Copper Girl hit the shelves on June 25. The titular copper girl is Sara Corbeau, an Elemental marked by a copper raven emblazoned across her back. (See the awesome cover image? It was created by one Lisa Amowitz, proprietor of this fine blog.) But, aside from being an Elemental, Sara also has an office job.
Sara’s job puts the bore in boring, and then some. She works for a firm called Real Estate Evaluation Services that specializes in the acquisition and liquidation of commercial properties. (Stop yawning.)
Her title is Quarterly Report Sorter, and, being that the reports in question are of a highly confidential nature, she doesn’t have clearance to read them. So she sits there, day after day, shuffling paper in alphabetical order. (I said stop yawning!)
Sara’s only reprieve is her lunch break, when she escapes the oppressively frigid air conditioning and naps in her car. Only, someone is watching her sleep – Micah, an Elemental from the Otherworld, who just happens to be able to slip inside Sara’s dreams.
If you’re wondering how I so expertly crafted such a desolate existence, it’s because I lived it. (Well, not the part with Micah.) While I will let the company remain nameless, I once worked at a job so boring I regularly fell asleep at my desk. In the winter, the heat was alternately completely off and trying to roast me alive, but in the summer the air conditioning was always attuned to a bone-chilling fifty degrees. And yes, I used to escape into summer’s heat on my lunch break, and wiggle the feeling back into my fingers and toes.
My unexciting occupation contributed more than tedium and frigidity to Copper Girl. I always parked in the back corner lot, a nice shady spot on the edge of a small wooded area. After a few lunch breaks spent outside, I noticed quite the unusual tree: two red pines, each trunk at least a foot in diameter, wound around each other.
I found that tree fascinating; after a few days spent staring at it, I wondered if it was a portal to the Otherworld. (Apparently, the endless monotony of my job was killing brain cells, as well.) That tree became the Lovers’ Pine, where Micah first brought Sara into the Otherworld.
Was Sara’s occupation based on mine? Yes and no. We both did suffer hours of repetitious work with no end in sight, and oppressive corporate heating and cooling systems. We both became fascinated by a funky tree. But Sara got to escape into a land of magic and wonder, while I remained at my day job. Hey, at least I got to write about her.