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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Cover Stories: Untraceable by S.R. Johannes

S.R. Johannes's Untraceable is out now -- it's a young adult wilderness thriller with a missing father, a kick-butt heroine, and, of course, two hot boys. S.R. and cover photographer Vania talked to me about how the cover came to be:

Shelli: I always had a cover in mind from when I first starting writing the book. Something about a girl hiding in the woods. But Vania made it come to life.

Vania: We wanted something that obscured the girl but yet it drew you in.

Shelli: We wanted to use a real life model. I think stock photos are great but to me – we wanted that feeling of being in the woods. Of Grace hiding, and I think Vania got that. There is nothing like an original artwork.

Vania: There’s something to be said for having something on your cover that is just yours. Plus this way we can control more of what the model looked like, where we shot, and what the shot looked like...

Read the rest of Shelli's Cover Story at melissacwalker.com.


Laura BurgandyIce said...

I do totally love this cover!!

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