If you’re wondering about the photos attached to the cover, those are just references for the artist. Our heroine’s outfit and dancing style are based on this video, which is from a 2001 tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber (and before that, from his show Whistle Down the Wind. Would it surprise you to know that he did that show in collaboration with Jim Steinman?). The combination of innocence and badass in the women’s costumes – sundresses with leather jackets and boots – was something I was hoping to capture, and I think Ruben has done a wonderful job.
Also, she’s dancing, and he needed a reference for her dance style, didn’t he?
The character’s personal look is based on Tawny Kitaen, an actress and model whose heyday was back when MTV still showed music videos, and a whole generation rushed home after school to watch them. Her most famous role, which is branded into the memories of an entire generation of men who were old enough to like girls in the mid-to-late Eighties, can be seen here.
Yes, there’s a reason our heroine looks like a beloved Eighties icon, but you’ll have to read the story to find out what that reason is. First couple chapters go up next week…