Making Samantha Kidd

by Diane Vallere


One of my favorite things about the Samantha Kidd Mystery Series has always been making Samantha for the cover. But after the 2021 cover redesign, there's no Samantha on the cover. What to do?


Create a special hardcover edition, natch!


Making Samantha is never simple but always fun. I start by browsing royalty-free images from Depositphotos, From here, I select an image that gives me her body language. Next, I swap out features, add texture layers, recolor things, add in hand-drawn details, and tweak, tweak tweak until she comes together. This is often when my inner fashionista comes out. There's no limit to what Samantha can have!