Below you will see the final cover for the eBook version of “Janus Pater” designed by Fiona Jayde of Fiona Jayde Media:
I highly recommend that you take a look at more of her work, because Fiona has a breathtaking portfolio which contains covers that she has designed over a wide variety of genres, and for a large base of authors.
On my cover, the dominating figure in the middle is a statue of the Roman god, Janus. The most frequent epithet of this god in Roman mythology and culture is Ianus Pater, due to the nature of his primordial role as a father figure in Roman paganism. Janus represented aspects such as transition, time, doorways and duality and it is no coincidence that the first month of the year is named for this god.
In my novel, the main character, Drusus has settled down as a retired veteran of the Roman Army, having been discharged with the rank of a first order centurion. Roman law at that time allowed discharged veterans to marry a local woman once-off, and she would be considered a Roman citizen, as would their children. In the beginning, it is clear that Drusus comes to terms with the culmination of his career at this rank instead of what he was aiming for, and he looks forward to a happy and fulfilling family life (despite the difficulties and challenges of the time) with his longtime partner, especially now that their union is official.
However, the novel takes place during the Boudicca uprising which happened around A.D. 60/61 and Drusus is called back into service unexpectedly. He then has to come to terms with the duality of being both a family man and a soldier – someone who is both caring and brutal.
In light of the above, I felt that a depiction of the god, Janus on the cover is incredibly fitting in relation to the themes of the story, though it provides a slight hint of the nature of the story in conjunction with the title. However, before coming to this conclusion, I had a myriad of not so bright ideas, many unrealistic and probably quite cliché. Fortunately for me, Fiona stepped in and provided me with a concise and creative art board for a cover, the result of which can be seen above.
I have worked with Fiona in the past and would recommend her services to any author who is serious about creating an enthralling, relevant and meaningful cover for their work!