I found the perfect photo for the cover of my ancient historical novel The Fury of Dragons, courtesy of Wayne Brittle Photography!
The Fury of Dragons continues the story of Eleri from A Secret Hope, who was abducted by British pirates on the day of her baptism and taken from Ireland to Britannia.
Some of the story takes place in Luguvalium, now modern-day Carlisle in Cumbria, England. Luguvalium was a British fort on Hadrian’s’ Wall.
Emperor Hadrian built the wall about 122 AD, across the “waist” of what is now Scotland and England.
It marked the northernmost border of the Roman Empire. Almost 2000 years later, much of the wall still stands. I visited it a few years ago doing research for the book. It proved to be a fascinating trip for for an ancient history buff like me.
So when I decided to self-publish The Fury of Dragons, I searched through hundreds of photos for my book cover.
Almost ready to give up, I stumbled across this amazing photo above, aptly named “Hadrian’s Wall at Sunset.” Just look at that photo! It’s everything I could ever want for a cover shot. it’s mysterious, gorgeous, enigmatic, and perfectly captures the essence of my story.
So I corresponded with the photographer, Wayne Brittle, who kindly agreed to allow me to use the photo for a small fee.
Wayne roams all over England, Scotland, Italy and other places doing his thing, with almost other-worldly results. His photos are featured in magazines, calendars, brochures, and books. He has published articles in the most highly respected photography magazine in the UK.
He also teaches classes for aspiring photographers. Sometimes he even takes them out before the crack of dawn to get those great photos! So I’m humbled and thankful to be able to use this image from a world famous photographer like Wayne.
Please check out his Facebook page: Wayne Brittle Photography and his website: Wayne Brittle Photography for some awe inspiring photos.
Wayne, I can’t thank you enough for this awesome photo. It perfectly captures the mystery and drama of this ancient place. I love it so much!