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Designing the Star Edition Book Cover
When the Star Edition of
Thunder from a Clear Sky was
being created a new book cover was one of the first
things considered. The publisher initially asked me for
some book cover ideas of my own and asked me for an
analysis of other Civil War book covers on the market-
both ones that I didn't like and ones that I did. I
floated many different ideas and offered two complete
book cover mock-ups that I had prepared in my own feeble
way using Photoshop. In the end, the publisher rejected
all my specific ideas and designed something on their
own. I really like what they did.
Adam Johnson steps forward into the center of the cover, emerging from the faded, offset background of the original. The photo is an 1863 image which must have looked very much like Johnson did in mid-1862 during the raid (sans uniform, of course). He is now rightfully center stage. The background is a faded map of western Kentucky - the place he called home and the place where most of the Partisan Rangers came from.