Art Preview – The Haunted Girl

October is getting closer, and my wife and I are getting ready for our first published book, The Witching Well.

It’s been over a month since my previous post on here, which just so happened to be where I announced Cj Franks as our new artist and said there would be some upcoming art previews. That post, by the way, was one of the most shared here on, so thank you, dear readers. It’s a good feeling to see that.

So hey, here’s an art preview!


The Haunted Girl by Cj Franks

The Haunted Girl by Cj Franks

This is a Chapter Title Illustration. It’s about 1/4th to 1/3rd of a page in vertical length, depending on the width of the page, which can vary depending on format. I’ve seen this a few places in older books, and a lot of times it’s just something small like some scroll work or something decorative but evocative, like skulls or candles or vines.

Sometimes, though, they’d have more of an illustration like this, a small glimpse at a scene to start the chapter.

That’s exactly what this is, and what all the chapter title illustrations for our books are going to be like. The Haunted Girl will start off Chapter 1 of The Witching Well, and while I won’t spoil too much of the start for you, dear readers, I will say that she’s not going to like what she finds in the confines of that fence.

In fact, you could say it might be something that will haunt her.

Or it could be a hideous monster that’s going to chase her through the woods and all the way back to town.

You’ll have to read the story to find out!

Well, unless someone told you first, or you accidentally scrolled through the spoiler section of a review, or… JUST READ THE BOOK, OKAY? When it gets published, that is.


So, dear readers, what do you think of chapter title illustrations in books? Cheese doodles or cheese puffs?

Leave me a comment and let me know! And don’t forget, you can share this post with your friends using the links below!

~Matt Booker

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