I learned something interesting today… World Bipolar Day is celebrated on Vincent Van Gogh’s birthday, March 30th.
A few months before the publication of Defective, I spoke with Daphne Schlesinger about doing the cover. She agreed to do it and asked if I had any ideas of what I wanted.
“A vase of daisies,” I told her. “One of the daisies needs to be broken.” The broken daisy needed to be special. I wanted it to enhance the beauty of the bouquet by adding a uniqueness to it, which would emphasize the message from the book-we all have defects, but we are not defective.
The final request I presented to Daphne was to ask her if she could paint the cover with a Van Gogh flavor—à la Starry Night, completely unaware of what Van Gogh represents to the bipolar community.
A natural affinity I guess.
Thanks Daphne for the perfect cover and Happy birthday Mr. Van Gogh. I’m proud to be in the same category as you.