Today Wendy and I are pleased to debut the cover of her third book in the Stork trilogy,
Cover art. It’s one of the few areas of which a writer has no control. And once paired, image and story fuse, becoming part of a book’s overall identity.
Imagine, then, an author’s curiosity as to how the assigned artist will visually interpret a book. So fun. So fascinating. And, knock on wood, so fulfilling.
FLOCK, the third novel in my STORK trilogy, finally has a jacket image that I can share. I love it! (Big thanks and kudos to the talented Kate Cunningham at Candlewick.) And as companion art to the first two in the series, I think this cover works beautifully.
So who is that, anyway? It’s Penny, my main character Kat’s best friend. Isn’t she adorable? And I, for one, love that she’s finally getting her fifteen minutes. Here’s to all the humble literary sidekicks out there. Those reliable buddies who so stoically shoulder subplot after subplot, while the flashier, alpha-type protag gets the bulk of attention.
Not to worry, Jack fans. Although he never got a cover, he’s still rocking Kat’s world and a huge part of the story. An interesting note is that a first-round of proposed art for this book had a guy on the cover (not Jack, interestingly enough), but it didn’t pass muster. I almost think it’s best not to cast Jack visually. He’s such a sweet guy. And hopelessly into Kat. I like to think that there are a few girls out there picturing their own minds-eye Jack.
For those interested in hearing about this final installment, here’s the cover tagline:
An untenable pact. No ally safe. And the advent of an ancient prophecy that jeopardizes everything.
A story teaser:
Having barely survived an eleventh grade of adventures rivaling any mythological tale, human Stork Katla Leblanc is hoping for an ordinary senior year. But when two Icelandic exchange students turn up at Norse Falls High, an uneventful school years seems out of the question. Although tricked into the initial deal, Katla is constrained by a celestial bargain that puts everyone—including her boyfriend, Jack, and best friend, Penny—at risk. She’ll have to use her wits, her wit, her soul-delivering powers, and a few out-of-this-world colleagues to fend off a disaster of epic proportions.
FLOCK takes flight on September 11th, 2012.
ARCs should start circulating soon.
Thank you to everyone—my friend Gabrielle, for instance—who have been such great supporters. I am sincerely touched by your enthusiasm for Kat’s journey. I hope you like the cover as much as I do.
I do, I do! I love it, how about all of y'all?