I’m beyond thrilled to share the cover of my fifth book with you! So Much Closer will be released on May 3, 2011.
You’ve probably heard that authors usually don’t get much input about their covers, if any at all. We can’t just say what we want the cover to look like and then that’s how it ends up looking. That never happens.
But it happened anyway.
My cover designer at Viking is amazing. I saw Jim a few months before the cover was designed and he asked me if I had any color ideas. It was so amazing that he was asking me about the cover because I had been envisioning the exact cover I wanted for a while. And he actually made it happen.
So Much Closer takes place right here in my New York City neighborhood, the West Village. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I’m infatuated with the High Line. It’s this old section of elevated train tracks that was turned into a magical green space with lots of trees and flowers. Some key scenes in So Much Closer take place on the High Line. I really wanted the cover to show my characters on the High Line at sunset or at night. I told Jim about my idea.
Then it was summer and I was wondering what the cover would look like. My books come out in May, which means their covers are done the previous summer. Even though I knew dream covers never happen, the hopeful part of me never stopped believing that it might be possible. That’s me, always dreaming big even when something seems impossible. But I really wasn’t expecting to get an email from my editor with an initial cover design.
With my characters on the High Line at sunset.
Dude. They actually did a photo shoot on the High Line and created my dream cover.
So there you go. Another example of how dreaming big and speaking up can make amazing things happen. Which is why I will always cherish this dream cover. Plus, the boy model looks sort of like Taylor Lautner, so I’m extra happy. But the most important thing is that you like it. So…what do you think?