smoking gun1

The opening paragraph of my novel mentions a portrait and this is the best that I can do.It is supposed to represent a brothel owner, in late nineteenth century Florida, and a smoking gun.

The top half of the woman comes from a modification of Francisco Goya’s, Portrait of Doña Isabel de Porcel.. It’s a composite of several images.

The face is modified for a portrait of Solita Solano; she’s writer known for hanging around the lesbians of Les Ruches. I liked her look and she happens to fit a theme.

I haven’t decided whether to add images into the first edition of the book, but I needed a break from editing. I’m at the point where I’ll use text-to-speech to read the book aloud and see what I catch. It’s the last phase of editing.


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