AN UNPRODUCTIVE WOMAN, by Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali
“Adam is desperate for a son, but after ten years of marriage he and his wife Asabe remain childless. Despite the obvious heartbreak this causes Asabe, Adam marries a second wife, the very young and beautiful Fatima. Double tragedy prevents the realization of Adam’s hope and Asabe stands firm with her husband to gather the broken pieces of their life.
But Adam isn’t prepared to cut his losses. He compounds their difficulties by marrying the cunning and deceptive divorcee, Sauda. This choice yields anguish and confusion, and Adam loses more than hope, but a piece of his spirit. Neglected and living in the shadow of Adam’s desires, Asabe yet again proves her worth as the true bedrock in his life. She becomes the catalyst that brings Adam’s life full circle.
Read An Unproductive Woman to learn what secrets Adam has withheld that would explain his unreasonable longing and pursuit of a son at all costs.” (via the book description on Amazon.com.)
Talk about changing gears! I’m not asked to do a lot of literary fiction, so naturally, I jumped at the chance to try my hand at the genre. This cover was actually a redesign. Khaalidah was unhappy with the image provided by Xlibris originally (shocking, I know), so she turned to me to see if perhaps a new cover along with new marketing strategies might make a difference in her sales. I’ll be very interested to see what her results are.
In this case, the author came to me with a specific photo. At first I had my doubts about it (I’ll be honest, I think it was the animal print head scarf), and I searched around for any other contenders. Ultimately we decided the one she’d picked out was going to work best. Really I’m quite glad she insisted. I’m very pleased with the end results. I think my favorite part is the subtle floral doodles in the corners. They really pull the whole cover together.
A print version is also coming soon, but due to my move this past month that got delayed. The moment it’s approved I’ll be adding that in as well.