Elizabeth Scott's latest novel, Grace, is about a girl raised to be a suicide bomber who chooses to live. It's suspenseful and intense and told in spare prose that carries the reader quickly through the story. 


The cover is haunting and powerful as well. Here's Elizabeth Scott to tell its tale:


"I really had no idea what the cover would look like as I was writing (I mostly thought—girl raised to be suicide bomber who doesn't kill herself and goes on the run? Huh. Okay brain, let's do it!) but after it sold I wanted something that would stand out. (But who doesn't want that, right?)


"I got an email with the book's cover attached, and I was stunned. Seriously. I wanted something striking, and I got something that—well, if you see it up close, there's so much going on, it's astounding! I just asked for the designer's email so I could send a thank you note!


"The cover didn't change a bit. I'm pretty sure it was a stock photo that then had a lot of things added to it—it's got so many elements I don't think one picture could capture them all!


"I adore the cover, and see something new every time I look at it—when I first saw it in the store, for example, I realized there was smoke in the background. As for how the cover ties into the story, I think it works perfectly."


Thanks, Elizabeth! I love the layers of action within the cover, too. Grace's face is so open and soft—her eyes even have a reflection in them—and then you see the smoke and fire. 


What do you guys think of this cover?




Melissa Walker is the author of four Young Adult novels, including the Violet trilogy and Lovestruck Summer. She is co-creator of the popular teen newsletter I Heart Daily and the new awkward-stage blog Before You Were Hot. Her author blog, where Cover Stories originated, is melissacwalker.com.

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by on ‎09-14-2010 10:44 AM

Those eyes! Hauntingly sad and beautiful..... From ashes she rises....

What do we see, in the sadness of her eyes?

Does she rise from ashes, to expose a tale of lies?

From the smoke

From the fire

Where has she been?

Out of the blaze

Into the sky!

We see her lift

from ash and mist!

by Blogger Melissa-Walker on ‎09-17-2010 06:52 PM

Love your comment, KathyS!

by on ‎09-17-2010 08:07 PM

Thanks, Melissa.  I was struck by the picture, and the way you described it.  I used your words.  The title, Grace, is beautiful, and says a lot. The author seemed happy that the picture echoed the story.  It's hard, sometimes, to describe or talk about cover art, when you haven't read the story.  It just put me in one of those 'unedited' morning moods.  Now you know what my brain looks like at 7 am. before coffee!

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