Lauren Baratz-Logsted shared her Cover Story for The Twin's Daughter here in 2010, and she now has an adult title, a comedic mystery, out on the Nook! Here's Lauren to talk about the cover:
"I originally wrote the first draft of Waiting for Dead Men's Shoes 20 years ago when I first quit my day job as a bookseller to start writing. It almost sold back then – the publisher at a NY house called to tell me she thought it was the most hysterical thing she’d ever read, was laughing on every page, would be taking it to sales conference that weekend to show all her editors...and then failed to buy it. It’s sat on my hard drive all these years. Finally, having published nearly 30 books, I decided it was time to clean it up, update it and let Mini Monroe see the e-publishing light of day. Here’s what it’s about:
"Underachiever Minette 'Mini' Monroe has long dreamt of how much better life would be if only she were in charge of the world, said world being the independent bookstore in Westport, CT, where she's worked for the past half dozen years. After her beloved boss Colin Quimby is murdered, Mini gets her wish and also gets a chance to solve the case, aided by hot young Officer Michael 'Mickey' Maus. Despite his unfortunate nickname - would any woman really voluntarily become part of Mini and Mickey Maus? - Mini takes a shine to him, but there's no real time for romance, not when Mini has her hands full dealing with Colin's viper's nest full of ex-wives, offspring, former business partners and current business rivals, all of whom had good reason to want to see Colin dead. Who will turn out to be the guilty party? The only way to find out is to read Waiting for Dead Men's Shoes, a madcap comedic novel that proves that the Shakespeare Unabridged Globe and the Oxford English Dictionary are still a girl's best weapons.
"Barbra Annino created this cover for me. I didn’t give her a lot to go on – just a description of the book – and through going back and forth several times, she settled on this great look of a small-town street, just like the town where the book is set, Westport; not to mention the girl and the two cats."
Thanks, Lauren! I think it has a cheeky Bewitched vibe to it. It's always especially interesting to hear about an author taking matters into his/her own hands to create a cover, and I love that this one came about after years in a drawer!
What do you guys think of this cover?
Melissa Walker is the author of six Young Adult novels, the latest of which is Unbreak My Heart (pictured). Her author blog, where Cover Stories originated, is melissacwalker.com. Follow her on Twitter @melissacwalker.
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