"I had my own cover idea... and it was stupid. I wanted sort of an iconic shot of my three main characters walking into shadows. You know, like those Batman posters. I warned you...it was stupid.
"My publisher didn't ask me for input, but based on my last answer, I'm REALLY glad they didn't. I was really excited, however, when they linked me to strawberryluna.com and told me she'd be doing the cover art, and was totally confident that she'd do something amazing.
"I found out later that this was one of the 'concept drafts' that the artist made.
"The first time I saw my cover I was SO EXCITED. Seriously. I was proud and happy and forwarded it to everybody I know. I couldn't believe they'd captured the book so well. I actually remember trying to drive down the interstate while pulling the cover up on my phone, just so I could look at it again.
"My comments were just 'OMGOMGOMGOMG' and other thoughtful, articulate things. I suggested they not even put my name or the title on the book cover, since it's like a piece of art. But Marketing insisted that the title and my name be on the cover. They talked about doing it in a gloss, so it'd be more subtle, but that must have gotten vetoed somewhere in there.
"The original artwork had the ears a little different, and it was a slightly different shade of red, but other than that it stayed relatively the same.
"In the end, I love it. I still can't believe it's mine, and I can't WAIT to see what the artist comes up with for SWEETLY, my next book. I'll be so proud to see Sisters Red on the shelf!"
I love that the colors are so strong and the image looks timeless, almost like the way they'd re-release a classic novel.
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 her author blog, where Cover Stories originated, is melissacwalker.com.