One of the things people ask me pretty often is, "What will be on your book cover?" And, of course, I have to say: "I don't have a clue." But that doesn't mean I haven't thought about it....a lot.
I don't know how other authors do it, but I "cast" my novels as I write, so I know, for example, that when I'm writing about NOLA detective Ken Hachette, in my mind he looks like Tim Kang, who plays Kimball Cho on "The Mentalist."
I'm not saying who I've cast as my major characters, DJ or Alex or Jake or Jean, because readers need to "cast" novels as they read them. Their DJ will look different than mine. So I'm guessing that when the folks at Tor Books get around to designing a cover for my books, DJ won't look anything like I imagine. I just hope she's not tall and lanky and covered in tattoos since in the book she's short and blonde and not very fashion-forward.
A couple of days ago, there was an interesting New York Times story about how the Kindle and iPad and other devices are taking away the joy of book covers. Has to make you wonder if, in another 20 or 50 years, the cover will just fade away and become an antiquated piece of the past like LP covers.