Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote on my new headshot.  Photo A won out hands down!  There were some great arguments for photo B — the natural setting, lighting, etc. but majority rules.


Of course, even more exciting and more important than the new headshot is the new covert art!  Rob Wood designed the cover for The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove, (Shaye Areheart Books / 17 August 2010).

I imagine that it’s a daunting task to portray the essence of a story in a single image and please a committee of editors, marketing and PR experts all at the same time.  But that’s what Rob has done, masterfully so. And even though Wood lives in Maryland now, his family tree is rooted, just like mine and Bezellia’s, deep in the Tennessee dirt. So it feels particularly gratifying that his art will be surrounding my words.

Thank you Rob!

Posted December 9, 2009 at 4:44 pm · 5 comments · Leave a Comment


  1. Kathy R (Bermudaonion), December 10th, 2009, 10:03 am

    This is so exciting! Having a cover makes the release of the book seem that much closer. I can't wait for it to be published!
  2. Randal Patrick, December 11th, 2009, 7:27 am

    Fantastic! Can't wait to read it Susan.
  3. Leisa Hammett, December 13th, 2009, 8:01 pm

    Congratulations. How exciting!
  4. patricia harman, December 26th, 2009, 9:34 am

    Hi Susan, I missed the headshot discussion, but the cover of the new book looks great. Loved hanging out with you on the book tour and wanted to thank you for your support. Patricia Harman author of The Blue Cotton Gown: A Midwife's Memoir, Morgantown, WV
  5. Elizabeth Spann Craig, December 27th, 2009, 5:31 pm

    Looks like a great cover! Best of luck with your release. Elizabeth Mystery Writing is Murder

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