Before finalizing, I need to get my publisher's logo and the ISBN for you. Below is REVISED back cover copy, shorter.
my website is http://www.lisalkirchner.com
I like orange
The attached images:
1. I like the iconic treatment of the Arabic portal and, surprisingly even to me, I really like this color for the "lady-centric focus" it helps convey
2. halc2 is a mess in terms of design; I can get you the larger image file but included this and a screen shot of the original so you can see; I'm not opposed to my pic on the front cover and this is a decent one so long as it's highly overlaid
3. This is a design I created in a pinch; I like the contrast of the Arabic tile and the Western corporate-style name tag, but overall it's too busy and the type is hard to read. The image should convey well on a computer screen as most people seem to be shopping for books online.
I've also attached some covers I really like (very small files I cadged off of Amazon); I think "A House in the Sky" offers intriguing thoughts on how Arabic tile could be made to disintegrate. I think Angelica Houston's stare is killer. And I love the text treatment on Out of the Woods.
My images from my years in Qatar are limited, and can be found
http://www.flickr.com/photos/llkirchner/sets/ The HALC photo shoot is pics of me in NYC, and "Hello American Lady Creature" are pics from Qatar. V limited, I know, but this was before the age of the ubiquitous phone cam!
I also did a kickstarter, and the video is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2O9PtXuu_4
Back cover copy:
“Saucy and funny and unflinchingly honest. A picaresque tale of a woman lost – and found –in the Persian Gulf. Think Bridget Jones meets Lawrence of Arabia.”
Eric Weiner, NPR correspondent and author of the best-selling The Geography of Bliss
“Lisa is bold, genuine, hilarious. It’s so satisfying to read a great story told by a great writer.”
Ophira Eisenberg, host of NPR’s “Ask Me Another” and author of Screw Everyone.
“I loved reading this. Her takeaways are empowering for any reader!”
Jo Weldon, founder of the New York School of Burlesque and author of The Burlesque Handbook.
“I hoped moving to Qatar would change everything. Until it did.”
Lisa Kirchner was 35 when she married the man of her dreams. They moved to Qatar for one last adventure before starting a family, but things quickly derailed. Her job brought unanticipated challenges. Then she learned she'd never have children. At least they had each other.
‘He pulled me close and said, “Baby, I didn’t marry you for your ability to reproduce.” I never wanted anything more than to be loved like that.’ If only the story ended there.
At the heart of this narrative is a magical place and time in history – Qatar at the turn of the 21st century – that shaped her own radical transformation. Told with powerful insight and dark humor. It’s the author’s first book.
LISA KIRCHNER was once simultaneously the dating columnist for an alternative newsweekly, bridal editor for a society rag and the religion reporter for a gay and lesbian newspaper. She lives in New York City.