The Mother-in-Law Illustration by Twisted Dredz

The Mother-in-Law Illustration by Twisted Dredz

The front cover of a book is arguably even more important than the content inside – particularly when it comes to the promotional stages. Some people can be completely turned off reading a book if the cover doesn’t appeal to them.

With that in mind, I was determined to create a really interesting front cover for my new book Theseus & the Mother-in-Law and Other Myths & Legends. My first literary outing Greek Expectations: The Last Moussaka Standing, was part memoir, so it seemed right that I put myself on the front cover in what I hope was a relatively amusing pose (!)

My new book is a re-telling of all the ancient Greek myths and legends so I wanted a cover that was fun and comical, yet simple and effective.

While I did contemplate having a picture of myself dressed as a minotaur, I feared that this might be taking things too far…

So after a bit of research (I called up a Greek relative who knew somebody who knew somebody that could help me…!) I enlisted the help of a freelance illustrator named TWISTED DREDZ. I was overjoyed when he expressed an interest in my very detailed brief (!) and even more overjoyed when he produced the finished image:

I should probably note that the book does not actually involve a female minotaur. I decided to put a female minotaur, rather than a male one, on the front cover to reflect the nature of Theseus’ potential mother-in-law, Queen Pasiphae, as well as to reflect the title – Pasiphae is in fact the mother of the real minotaur and while she does not resemble a bull, at heart she is just as ruthless as the minotaur. Hence the title is a play on words as well as part of the story. As is the image. Oh lord, I’m even confusing myself!

Twisted Dredz has his own website: and a Facebook page where you can see more examples of his brilliant work.

I hope you all like it and HUGE THANKS to Twisted Dredz! πŸ™‚



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  1. 22nd August 2014 / 9:18 am

    Excellent Ekaterina, though I would have loved to have seen you dressed as a Minotaur! πŸ™‚ Has YOUR mother in law seen it?. Good luck.

    • EBotziou
      22nd August 2014 / 9:19 am

      Haha! Well the curly hair was modelled on myself πŸ˜‰ And no is the answer!!

  2. 22nd August 2014 / 8:53 am

    Love this original and humourous image! Great cover pic!

    • EBotziou
      22nd August 2014 / 9:09 am

      Thanks Jaya!!

  3. MM Jaye
    22nd August 2014 / 8:10 am

    Excellent! I think it’s a perfect tie-in to your content. Good luck!

    • EBotziou
      22nd August 2014 / 8:11 am

      Thanks Maria!

  4. 22nd August 2014 / 8:07 am

    That is a great front cover image. I wouldn’t mess with her!

    • EBotziou
      22nd August 2014 / 8:09 am

      Thanks Stephen! πŸ™‚

  5. 22nd August 2014 / 7:51 am

    Always tickled to see bloggers giving credit where it’s due, Ekaterina ! πŸ™‚

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