Wednesday, December 18, 2013

J.L. (Janet) Greger Climbs Roofs and Does Something Harder - Picks a Book Cover

J.L. Greger is no longer a biology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; instead she’s putting tidbits of science into her novels.

She and Bug, her Japanese Chin dog and the only non-fictional character in all three of her novels, live in the Southwest.  Her website is at Her blog, JL Greger’s Bugs, is at

Choosing a Cover for IGNORE THE PAIN
I’m no expert on picking covers, but I have opinions. I think a good cover is like a good title. It suggests the topic of the book and is catchy. I will also admit that I like bright primary colors for thrillers and adventure books, pastels for romances, and dark moody colors for horror and mystery novels because the colors convey a message.

Those of you who are sophisticated in your choice of covers have probably concluded that I’m very traditional. Now look at the cover of my new medical thriller. Ignore the Pain is set partially in Bolivia, and the heroine Sara Almquist is an epidemiologist serving as a public health consultant there.

I looked at hundreds (maybe even thousands) of pictures of scenes in South America. None seemed right. They were too pretty and gave no hint about my protagonist. Then I saw a photo with the colors of the Bolivian flag drawn across the face of a blue-eyed woman, like Sara. This woman looked like she had guts.

Now do you still think I’m traditional older woman or do I deserve the title of spunky? If you’re still not convinced, please note I did climb to the roof of Iglesia de San Francisco and peer down at the Witches Market in La Paz, Bolivia. Of course, I wasn’t being chased like Sara Almquist is in Ignore the Pain.

I surfed the WEB for blogs on the topic of choosing a cover after I wrote the first four paragraphs of this blog. Many were by authors showing readers two to five choices, and collecting votes for which cover was best. Some were ads by professional cover designers who didn’t seem to want to admit their secrets. Billie Johnson, my publisher at Oak Tree Press and a spunky senior, gave the best advice. She called the picture we selected “a real grabber.”

I hope this blog encourages you grab for attention when you select your next cover.

In Ignore the Pain, Sara Almquist couldn’t say no when invited to be the epidemiologist on a public health mission to assess children’s health in Bolivia. Soon someone from her past in New Mexico is chasing her through the Witches’ Market of La Paz and trying to trap her at the silver mines of Potosí. Unfortunately, she can’t trust her new colleagues, especially the unsavory Xave Zack, because any one of them might be under the control of the coca industry in Bolivia. 
And coca is everywhere in Bolivia.

Ignore the Pain is the third novel in a series that tracks the adventures of epidemiologist Sara Almquist and her more reserved sister – physician Linda Almquist. 

In the suspense novel Coming Flu, Sara, while tracking the spread of the deadly Philippine flu, identifies a drug kingpin trapped in a quarantined community. 
In the medical mystery Murder: A New Way to Lose Weight, Linda Almquist must discover whether an ambitious young “diet doctor” or old-timers in a medical school with buried secrets is a killer.

JL Greger’s Bugs Blog is at

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  1. Thanks for hosting me. It's always fun to visit different sites. Morgan, you do a great job of tweaking the tile.

  2. It's always wonderful to have you here, Janet! Love your doggie also!

    Morgan Mandel


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