Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Guest Post: Lisa Cach
From Penguin Books
Caitlyn Monahan knows she belongs somewhere else. It’s what her dead mother’s note suggested, and it’s what her recurring nightmares allude to. Desperate to flee these terrifying dreams—and her small town—she accepts a spot at a boarding school in France. Only, when she arrives, her nightmares get worse.
People often ask me if I get any say about the cover art for my books. Sure I do! But does anything I say end up on the cover? Rarely, which may be for the best. Here’s the story of the cover to Wake Unto Me.
In response, I said and sent this:
Portrait of Lucrezia Panciatichi, by Bronzino. Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy (Right)
“Wheel of Fortune” from the Rider-Waite tarot deck (Right)
I also said:
Detail of “Lady MacBeth” by Henry Fuseli (Right)
“Evening Star” by Alphonse Mucha( Left)
My other problem was that the heroine is obviously naked. Given that this is a YA novel, it seemed a wee bit too sexy.
They reattached the hands to the correct arms, and put a tiny little black tank top on the heroine, and here’s the final version:
Lisa Cach was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, where she still lives today. Her professional background includes teaching conversational English in Japan, and several years working the graveyard shift on a mental health crisis line. She has traveled to the foothills of the Himalaya, the jungles of Borneo, the Carpathian Mountains of Romania, and the painted caves of the Perigord Noir, in France. She has sailed the Caribbean as a working crew member of a research schooner, and the Bering Sea as a guest on a small ship.