As emails from cover artist Amanda Matthews reached me in Wales, I watched with delight as the cover art for Spell Check, Book 1: The Teen Wytche Saga unfolded. Amanda's depiction of Evie O'Reilly, my teen protagonist, was quite different from my own mental image of Evie. But the face on the cover of Spell Check reminded me of someone. I just couldn't figure out who.
Distracted by fairy forests, grand manor homes, and royal palaces that appeared to have sprung from the sea, I never did solve the mystery. Back home in southern California, my attention was split between the nation's largest wildfire raging a few miles from my home, and the release of my second Young Adult novel, Spell Struck, Book 2: The Teen Wytche Saga.
An email from a close friend finally solved the mystery. Marhya wrote asking me if I had noticed the keen resemblance between the girl on the Spell Check cover and Sophie Turner, the actress who plays Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones.
There are other photos that do a much better job of highlighting the resemblance, but I went with this one because it was free to reproduce under Creative Commons. But those of you who watch the show, will agree Marhya was right. Perhaps Sophie Turner modeled before she landed the series.
What do you think? Lookalike, or no?