"I originally thought the cover should be a picture of me holding an apple, and it should be called Twilight, Part 5 ~ THE RECKONING, but apparently there was some sort of copywrite issue. This is totally true. [See mockup, right.]
"My publisher was very nice about letting me have a say, and I suggested putting a dead mouse on the cover. Surprisingly they were okay about it. I ended up flying to New York with a dead mouse on my table tray. My seat mates were not pleased. The end papers came from a fabric I found on spoon flower and they were able to convince the author to let us use it. It all came together really organically.
"When I first saw the cover, I thought that there was no way in the world they were actually going to print a book with a dead mouse on it. I was wrong and I am forever grateful for that.
"For the most part I let them make all of the major decisions because they were the experts. There were few minor changes but for the most part it was an easy cover to do.
"It was shot with a model of my dead mouse (Hamlet Von Schintzel) who is dressed like a Shakespearean character and is carrying a mouse skull as if he were Hamlet. He broke both legs during the shoot and is now in my office under a glass dome. He looks quite proud of himself.
"I love the cover, but I think I liked the UK version a titch better, right. It's almost the same but the font is a bit more whimsical and silly. I'm really looking forward to seeing the paperback version of the cover because the mock-ups I've seen are fabulous."
Thanks, Jenny! I actually love the font on the UK cover too. Both are amusing, and Jenny is obviously hilarious, so she needed a funny cover.
What do you guys think of this one?
Melissa Walker is the author of six Young Adult novels, the latest of which is Unbreak My Heart. Her author blog, where Cover Stories originated, is melissacwalker.com. Follow her on Twitter @melissacwalker.
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