My designer and those from my previous publisher didn't like to have a character face or recognizable characteristic on covers because of this type of issue for a reader. My mystery series uses a silhouette of a man (could be Derek or could be the killer) as a unifying theme for the covers. I guess the convention of showing a character with a photograph depends on the genre.
If you feel you will be explaining the cover at every book signing or speaking engagement, I would suggest asking for it to be changed. The cover should not be a distraction to the story.
- The Wolf Crystal
- Sunset & Semicolons – a Frank & Revealing Field Guide to the Writing Life
- Scalping the Red Rocks – A Derek Mason Mystery
- Under a Copper Moon