And what was your reaction to the cover of Linger?
“Happy seal clapping. Not quite as loud and thrilled as Shiver, because I knew the theme they were going to go with to match Shiver and the newness of that concept was part of the thrill, but still, I was pretty darn happy that we had another beautiful cover.”
How did you feel when you found out the books would be printed in colored ink (blue for Shiver and green for Linger)?
I actually didn’t know about this until I saw a finished copy. I remember I had just gotten into Chicago for a book event and my plane had been delayed and sat for three hours on the runway so I was galloping to a signing, when my editor ran along side me and handed me a finished copy of Shiver, the first I’d seen. I
opened it up, saw the blue text, and immediately wanted to go back to my hotel room to see if everything sounded sexier in blue. (it does, by the way).
As an artist, it must be hard for you to be so hands off in the cover design. What’s the hardest part?
“Letting go. Not sending one hundred .jpgs of cover concepts. Not saying ‘can we change these branches?’ Trusting someone else!”
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
“Just that one of the best parts about the cover design process is seeing all the foreign covers (since Shiver is licensed in 32 countries, there are a lot; www.shiverseries.com has them all) — same book, wildly different jackets. It’s pretty amazing to see the divergent visions different editors and cultures have forthe same story.
Because it’s still Sam and Grace in between the covers.”
Want some copies of these books all for yourself?
A very special thanks for Scholastic for including me in this blog tour!
And thanks most of all to Maggie Stiefvater, for dreaming up these stories.