Marsha’s book, Life, Death and the Odd Miracle in Between, is a raw confronting memoir that includes spirit guides and angels. It tears hearts, brings back lost smiles, lets go of regrets, raises fists to the sky, wipes out tears and questions human limits. Design wise, Marsha’s main request was for a feather to be used as the main graphic on the cover.
Marsha’s writing is extremely profound in its simplicity. It’s ravishing and beautiful at the same time and she wanted a cover that would depict these feelings of her book. I loved her feather idea right from the start, not only because feathers are graphically beautiful but also because of the strong emotions associated with them.
Overall, I aimed at creating an angelic touch and feel but I also added some neutral elements to enrich the cover without actually cluttering it—the water ripples at the bottom and the delicate colour combo. Disposing the elements according to the rule of thirds gave me the advantage of having plenty of free space at the top. That’s how I was able to show creativity in the title’s treatment too. Not to mention the overall cover is well focused and balanced while the title is easy-to-read even in thumbnail view.
Marsha’s book went straight to my heart. It is one of those books that make me stop during the design process and read them. After designing the entire book (full cover and interior) and after reading it too, I can’t really tell what I loved most about Marsha’s book. However, if I had to choose, I would probably say that I love its subtitle/tagline. Marsha couldn’t have chosen better—“Don’t ask, just read it…” is the perfect incentive for a book that we should all read!
Marsha is an amazing human being. She’s been through so much in life but she’s got such a big heart that pushes her to keep helping people and children unconditionally. She is the founder and president of KwaYa, a not for profit incorporated association (with charity status.) You can keep up with the wonderful things Marsha writes on her blogs, myKwayablog.org and LoveButtonsBlog.com. You can also check out Life, Death and the Odd Miracle in-Between live on Amazon.