This morning, the cover for my novel A Line in the Dark went live on the internet at one of my favorite websites, Autostraddle. I’ll post the direct link in a few paragraphs, but first I want to tell you a little behind-the-scenes detail about the cover. I am fortunate to be working with the super talented team at Dutton Books and Penguin Young Readers on A Line in the Dark, and they really came through with the cover design. Several people were involved with the cover, including Kristin Smith-Boyle who designed the book jacket; artist Stina Persson who created the beautiful title type; and Anna Booth, who did the interior design of the book (which is amazing and involves hand-made chapter numbers for every single chapter). My editor, Andrew Karre, made sure to keep me involved in the concept stage, and I have to say I was truly floored by the final jacket.
Once that cover was finished, we had to figure out where to reveal it. If you’re familiar with the young adult book community, cover reveals are a big part of getting people excited for a book. I knew immediately that the first people I wanted to share my cover with were my core queer readers.
To all of you queer readers who have been with me over the years: It’s been four years since I’ve had a young adult novel published, and during those four years you have continued to read my books, kept in touch with me via social media and email and in person, and cheered me on in ways you probably didn’t understand at the time. I feel like A Line in the Dark marks a new chapter in my writing career, and I wanted to share it with you first. Because of that, I knew there was only one place to reveal the cover: Autostraddle.
I was so excited that Autostraddle agreed to help out with the reveal, and I loved that Heather Hogan sent along a few questions for me to answer about my writing process. Without further ado, are you ready? Click here to see the stunning cover for A Line in the Dark.