R.D.’s Message is Crystal Clear

A Centenary Entry

November 2021

Graphic Designer Linda Middleton met Sharon Lawrence in 2012 and has worked closely with her to redesign some of R.D. Lawrence’s bestselling books, including “Ghost Walker,” “Secret Go the Wolves,” and “In Praise of Wolves.”

Cover and full book redesign by Canadian Graphic Designer Linda Middleton.

As the designer and owner of Crystal Image Studio, Middleton didn’t just refresh the looks of R.D. Lawrence books destined for re-issue, she used Optical Character Recognition software to extract text from old print copies, made any necessary corrections, re-designed page layouts and created new cover designs.

Though she never had the opportunity to meet the celebrated wildlife conservationist and author in person, Middleton finds connection through his writing voice.

“Ron’s writing is down to earth and makes the reader feel like they are present in the story,” she observes. “My father loves his work as well and has always compared his style to Jack London’s writing.”

And the crystal clear message Middleton hears as she reads Lawrence’s work? “Be one with nature.”

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