Benjamin Ortega, youngest child of the author, can remember watching his mother mourn his father's death...
He would later describe it as feeling like he was watching her through a tunnel, seeing her in another place, far away grieving.

When the author began the process of attempting to find appropriate cover art for the book, she thought to ask Ben to attempt to put to paper what he remembered watching her grieve look like...and that's when the woman and the candle came into focus. The first draft (shown above) took everyone's breath away, including Susan's publisher & marketing team...the only needed change was to add color.