I spent my weekend curled up with Dana Reinhardt's The Summer I Learned to Fly (finished last night) and it's just an enchanting summer story. Here's Publisher's Weekly's starred review. Read, read, read!
And isn't that cover just all twilight and fireflies and wildflowers and good things? Here's Dana to talk about it:
"I never have any idea of what my covers should look like. I fully recognize that it’s not what I do—I’m not a designer, I’m a writer. I do have strong opinions, though. I know what I like and I know what I don’t and I’m usually pretty good at articulating why.
"They typically ask me if I have any ideas and I typically say no. Then I hold my breath and wait to see what they come up with and hope that I think it’s on the right track. If it’s not, they’ve been great about listening to my reaction.
"With this cover, I fell in love. Immediately. This hasn’t always been the case, but it was absolutely the case with this particular cover. It’s just perfect. And it obviously doesn’t hurt to have Markus Zusak’s name on the cover. In fact, it might even be better if they just took mine off…"
Read the rest of Dana's Cover Story, and see all of her original covers (which have been redesigned!) at melissacwalker.com.