Okay. I simply couldn't resist this after writing about Fabio in my last comment.
The photo is hilarious, and it kind of shows that the man's got an awesome sense of humor (and a bit less wavy hair than on those covers). I shall never, ever speak ill of someone with such magnificent self-irony again:)!
Oh, and the picture is stolen from winningateverything.com - one of my favorite procrastination websites. One day, I'll give you guys a thorough run through how you manage to do absolutely nothing for an entire day or so... It's an artform, but several years of writing has taught me well!
And a very nice one at that! Alessia Brio went with one of my image suggestions, and the simple intimacy of it goes well with the story in my opinion.
At Torquere Press, we get the opportunity to give suggestions to the cover artist. It's sometimes difficult for me to help the cover artist, though. There's a point on the cover art request where you're supposed to describe your main characters (just so you don't get a blond man on the cover when both of your characters are dark-haired, for example). My first reaction when I did the CAR for Himiko: Bonding and got to that point was: How on Earth should I know that?? Then I realized that I probably was the most likely person to know...
However, I have two "problems" when it comes to the look of my main characters:
I often imagine the scenes from one person's point of view (like in the Himiko books) - and that means that I don't know how that character looks!
Apart from that, I don't like descriptions which are too detailed. I simply hate it when I read a novel and the writer describes the main character as Fabio. Try as I might, I simply can't get Fabio out of my head for the rest of the story. And I don't want Fabio anywhere near any characters I like;).
With Tom and Mischa, I do have a pretty clear image of how they look, though. I even found a couple of pretty good images when I googled to find the cover image for Happily Ever After. But just in case that someone has the same idiosyncrasies as me, I won't bring them here. Unless you insist, of course:).
I read and I write - everything from corporate to kink. My naughty fictional friends are always there to make my life interesting. And pester me, of course. Pesky creatures.