When I wrote about demons in my YA fantasy novel, City of Demons, I could see them in my mind, but the odd thing is that I couldn’t draw them. Now, I’m no artist, but I can do basic drawings, but in my mind, the creatures were always moving, never posing long enough for me to capture on the page. My excellent publisher/editor, Margaret Curelas of Tyche Books, asked many questions about the demons, and I answered as best I could, but I couldn’t send her an image.
Then she started sending me draft illustrations for the book. Some were definitely not what I had imagined, but others were frighteningly close. It was very, very odd, seeing my words turned into recognizeable creatures. I don’t suppose that the images will ever be exactly what I saw in my mind, but maybe that is because they are still moving in there: chasing, hunting, attacking.
Maybe if we made the corners of the pages into a flip book. No . . . I don’t think Margaret would go for it.