Tej describes The Janus Cycle as “gritty, surreal, urban fantasy”. The over-arching story revolves around a nightclub called Janus, which is not merely a location but virtually a character in its own right. During the events that unfold in the book, we are told that Janus has a ‘shiny new sign above the door’ on walls that had been painted. This was the starting point for designer Alison. Creating an image like those that would have been used to represent the god Janus in Roman times, but making it out of neon lights fixed to a painted brick wall, was an ideal way to produce the sort of sign that nightclubs favour. Adding the book’s title and Tej’s name in the same style of neon lights was the finishing touch that makes the cover not only perfect for the book but also eye-catching.
When he saw the cover design for the first time, Tej said he really liked it and was excited at seeing the way the book was going to look, adding “It is elegantly done, definitely eye-catching and, with the hint of a wall in the background, there is more to it than initially meets the eye.”
The Janus Cycle will be published in January 2015.