Lady of the Lange Lijsen,
James McNeill Whistler,
Below are my answers to some of the questions from the Carina Press cover art fact sheet. It was an interesting exercise to try to put oneself in the place of a cover artist and describe story elements appropriate to a cover.
Genre: urban fantasy/magic realism.
I learned later that the novel may be marketed as a paranormal romance/paranormal mystery. Readers are not as interested/fussy about precise classifications as writers tend to be, so I'm good with that. Further, Marketing knows more about what currently invites readers to pick up a book than I ever will.
Sub-genres/Themes: romance, suspense, justice.
Visual Hook/Mood: dark, with an undercurrent of dry wit.
I interpreted this question as one necessary to determine primary colour choices for the cover. Since danger surrounds Lillie straight from the opening line when a dead man strolls into her bathroon, cheerful shades (or pretty flowers and butterflies) would not be appropriate.
Level of sensuality: Low. Heated kisses, no sex.
An answer useful to the artist to determine placement, position and number of any figures on a proposed cover. Should they be entwined in a hot embrace or separate -- a hero standing protectively behind a heroine, for example. Should a hero even appear at all...
I answered questions concerning time period, location and specific setting. I provided an elevator pitch and descriptions of main characters, ie. Johnny Thresher is big, hard-faced and wears semi-SWAT black.
Another question asked what visual elements - either place or object - have significance in the story and one can easily see how this might translate to the cover.
I chose graveyards since several scenes are set in cemeteries; and Lillie's antique bracelets - her heavy, solid silver, two inch wide, Celtic clasp (or "cuff") bracelets, inlaid with copper knotwork and gripping beasts, and inset with blood garnets -- as two significantly visual elements.
And we shall see.
I just hope my answers do not cause the cover artist to hurl things against walls in frustration while muttering wrathful words about visually impared authors.