Friday, January 11, 2013

Someplace Close to Paradise

Project: Someplace Close to Paradise (Fort Worth, TX)
BookSomeplace Close to Paradise
Technologies/Directives: XML (OPF, NCX)/HTML/CSS, eBook Conversion/Authoring (Amazon Kindle MOBI, AZW3), full paperback formatting (Amazon CreateSpace)
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Concept: Inspired by a single line from the novel about the bright yellow aspens announcing the fresh sting of fall and infused with the protagonist's favourite colour palette of purple, black and mauve, this design focuses on two details that bring the whole story together by encompassing both the story's outer landscape and the main character's inner lifescape. The fictional town of Paradise comes alive in the life of Fancy Marie as this design sets the stage for her entire journey to unfold.

The story begins by her feeling she had slipped the noose of circumstances strangling her in Texas. After nearly six months there, high in the Colorado Rockies working and maintaining the vast, remote and beautifully secluded Cimarron Ranch with just her two young sons, at last she felt she had a sense of purpose, a contentment filled from long days of diverse and hard work. Little did she realize how ominous circumstances would yet change for her, as a combination of a visit from her "patron" from Texas is complemented with a horrifying encounter with a dangerous escapee from a mental institution; the conclusion is an unexpected shift to a clearly bright future Someplace Close to Paradise.

Photo Credits:

Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)
Fall Pallate, Zach Dischner,