Dan Dos Santos created the quintessential urban fantasy cover when he painted Patricia Brigg’s Moon Called cover. As an art director, seeing the printed proof was one of those professionally jealous moments, “Damn, I wish that was ours!” (Luckily, Dan and I are friends; pride outweighs jealousy.)
Like most artists, Dan utilizes models to create his paintings. I asked him to introduce us to the woman behind “Mercy Thompson” and a bit about the process of taking real-world elements to bring fictional characters to life. Seven “Mercy Thompson” books later, and an eighth around the corner, Dan and Jaime, the model, have created a series of paintings defining one of urban fantasy’s most beloved heroines.