Thursday, May 19, 2011

Maureen McGowan Talks Covers -- Specifically, Cinderella: Ninja Warrior, and a Giveaway.

Hi Corrine and thank you so much for inviting me to guest post on your blog about my cover for Cinderella: Ninja Warrior!

I was absolutely thrilled when I first saw the cover for Cinderella: Ninja Warrior. I knew they were going for a traditional historical feel, which isn’t exactly how I imagined the setting as I was writing, but I was very impressed by the beauty and lush look of the cover. Not to mention her beautiful dress!

I didn’t get any input on how the cover would look, but I was shown some examples of other covers that matched the look and feel they were going for, and loving those, I was excited to see what they came up with. I wasn’t disappointed.

An interesting aside... I actually had two covers for this book. The Twisted Tales books were originally planned to be released in the fall of 2010 with an entirely different publisher, with entirely different covers. That publisher shut down about six months before the books were due to come out, but anyone who’s curious can still see the covers, the first publisher was planning to use, on most online booksellers’ websites. I love the new covers, but I’d be curious to hear which versions your blog readers like better. 

My Cinderella never actually wields a sword in the book—she wishes she had access to a sword!—and my Cinderella looks somewhat different from the beautiful model playing her on the cover, but I love the cover. The image is very striking. It makes you look twice—what is she holding?—and really captures the idea conveyed in the title and story.

One of the first people to whom I showed the cover said it reminded her of an old Nancy Drew novel, one where Nancy is peering around a corner with a candle or flashlight. That classic book series was one of my favorites when I was a young reader and I figure if the cover designer captured a little bit of the intelligence and determination of Nancy Drew, it had to be a good thing. Those books have been popular with young readers for decades.

I also love the internal design of the books—how the designer separated the sections with a patterned pages that look like brocade fabric. I love how, as a result, if you bend the book slightly you can see all the sections marked off with thin gray lines. 

Authors rarely get any input into their covers and I was no exception. It’s very scary to see your cover for the first time, knowing it’s one of the main things readers use to determine whether they’ll pick up and buy the book, but I couldn’t be happier.

Maureen can be found at her website, on her blog, or on twitter.

Thank you so much for being here today, Maureen! I think the covers for both "Cinderella: Ninja Warrior" and "Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer" are absolutely gorgeous, and I LOVE the "Choose Your Own Story" element! I've added the old cover (above) and the new cover (below) if anyone wants to compare the two and voice which one they like the most. =)

Many thanks goes to Teddy and Maureen for this giveaway. 
I have one copy of Cinderella: Ninja Warrior up for grabs to one lucky winner.
Giveaway is open to US/Canada residents only.
Winner must be able to provide a mailing address with no P.O. Box. 
Giveaway ends May 26, 2011.
Please fill out this FORM to enter. Comments, while appreciated, will not be counted as entries. 
Thank you!


scarletkira said...

I have been wanting to read this book since I saw a review of it. I love reinventions of fairy tales and the new cover is interesting. I prefer it over the old one. Thanks for the giveaway.

Suzy Turner said...

WOW... this has got to be one of the most awesome covers I've seen for a while. It's so different from anything else. The fact that Cinderella has always been my favourite fairytale helps though : )
I'm adding this to my TBR list FOR SURE!
Suzy Turner, YA urban fantasy author

Charmaine Clancy said...

Came over from FB to check out this interview mainly because I love the cover art so much. Definitely the current cover. It is absolutely awesome (I'm a cover snob). The title is great too. I'd love to see these choose your own stories turned into book apps for iPads, they have the interactive element that would work great.
Wagging Tales - Blog for Writers

Maureen McGowan said...

Thanks for hosting me!

@Charmaine, I think they'd make great apps, too!