THE MIRROR OF HER DREAMS
In this story, a contemporary misfit is accidentally drawn into an alternate reality. A narrative scene from this other world would make a great painting, but a misleading cover for the book.
The challenge for me was to communicate Terisa's alienation from the real world, her vision, and her desire to escape to another.
To do this I used the birds on the wallpaper to represent flight and freedom, and I combined elements from the real world (the thermostat, her contemporary hairstyle, clothes, and jewelry) with the image of her vision in the mirror.
Her gesture in almost embracing the mirror signifies her acceptance of that vision.
The Mirror of Her Dreams
The daughter of rich but neglectful parents, Terisa Morgan lives alone in a New York City apartment, a young woman who has grown to doubt her own existence. Surrounded by the flat reassurance of mirrors, she leads an unfulfilled life—until the night a strange man named Geraden comes crashing through one of her mirrors, on a quest to find a champion to save his kingdom of Mordant from a pervasive evil that threatens the land. Terisa is no champion. She wields neither magic nor power. And yet, much to her own surprise, when Geraden begs her to come back with him, she agrees.
Now, in a culture where women are little more than the playthings of powerful men, in a castle honeycombed with secret passages and clever traps, in a kingdom threatened from without and within by enemies able to appear and vanish out of thin air, Terisa must become more than the pale reflection of a person. For the way back to Earth is closed to her. And the enemies of Mordant will stop at nothing to see her dead.
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