When I write a book, the characters and the setting of the story become very much alive and real in my mind.
For instance, when I was writing Two Moon Princess I knew Andrea had hazel eyes and brown hair and didn’t care much about clothes. I also knew how the arch she crosses in the forbidden beach to enter our world looked like. Exactly like the arch I had seen in the Cathedral Beach in northern Spain while growing up.
When Two Moon Princess was bought for publication I imagined a cover that would include these two images: A brown haired girl by the arch.
But the decision was not mine to make. And when my editor sent me a copy of the cover of Two Moon Princess, I realized the artist’s vision and mine were different. The cover was beautiful but totally wrong for my imagining of the book. Two Moon Princess is a coming of age story peppered with adventure and romance, and thus, in my mind, it was a young adult book. The cover, on the other hand, was definitely Middle Grade.
So imagine my excitement at the new cover I just received for the paperback edition of Two Moon Princess. In this version, Andrea stands on the beach with the two moons of her world in the background. The arch is still missing, but I think I can live with that.
What do you think?