This arrived on Friday, the Disney-Hyperion cover for DEVIL'S KISS, due out in September.
Seriously cool, don't y'think?
It's amazing what people take from the book and how they imagine the story, compared to your own image of who the characters are and what they look like.
Billi's both fey and hard. There's a touch of Burne-Jones and I love the almost Victorian gothic aspect of her in white and the darkness beyond. Then there's the bad boy in the back. Mike or Kay? Who knows?
Really, it is a cover of my most favourite things!
It'll look very cool beside the Puffin book with its dramatic bloody 'X' and the industrial London city-scape. The same book, two very different covers. And both so very right.
I've just come back from the first half of my school tour. Thursday was the Oswestry Book Festival in sunny and very beautiful Shropshire, and Friday was Barlow High School and Chorlton in brooding Manchester. The wind was hwoling outside the library during the afternoon as I read some of chapter 1, couldn't have asked for a better setting.
I've a few more visits planned as part of the 'official' launch tour, then I'm planning to carry on with them myself. If you're interested in me coming over to your school, do contact me and I'll do my best.
The Questions and Answers threw up a few interesting issues. "How old are you?". "Do you know J.K Rowling?". "Is it like Twilight?".
I answered them all as truthfully as I could (and there were no gasps of horror when I told them my age as they all thought "How can anyone be THAT old and still, like, be alive?"). The event included some swords and live roleplay, which in hindsight might have involved better safety guidelines but no one's been hurt. Which is nice. Well done to all those that took part and I hope to get some piccies up soon.
Have spotted my book in the bookshops, which still gives me a warm glow inside.
Once the tour is done, I'll update my main website with photos and a more thorough summary of what happened, so do check it out in a week or two. The blog will still be the main event, but I do want the website to evolve a bit.
Other news, there's the Dulwich Festival happening near where I am. Sadly I'm not involved but there's no need to be churlish about these things. Wendy French is running a Children's Poetry and Writing Workshop at Tea West on Sunday 17th May, between 11-1pm. It involves shipwrecks, which is always good.