Sunday, January 6, 2008

Happened in Florence by Erin Aislinn

Did you design the cover?

It Happened in Florence cover was designed by Nathalie Moore for my publisher Echelon Press.

Did you get to give any input about the cover design?

This was my first novel to get published, so I had no idea how the cover process worked and if I would have any say about it. Fortunately, I had some idea about what I wanted and Echelon Press team did what it could to make it happen.

Is there an interesting story behind the cover design? If so, please share the details.

This is the second version of the cover. Because of technical complications, the original cover had to be redone, and even though I had to reprint much of my promo materials, the new cover actually captures the heart of the novel better than the old one. I was also impressed by Nathalie Moore’s efforts to make the new cover as similar to the original as possible.

If not, what would you change and why?

In a world where authors get exactly the cover they dreamed of, I’d like to see the hero and heroine added to the image. Jennifer would be playing the cello, and James would be holding her from behind.

Tell us what you think is the best part of the cover.

I definitely wanted the cover to capture one prominent Florence attraction, either the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, or Michelangelo’s David, or the Ponte Vecchio bridge, and I was happy to see the cover artist incorporated the Ponte Vecchio bridge in the background. Because the Medieval bridge over the Arno was a big part of the inspiration for the novel, it’s a great to see it play a vital role in the cover.

Is there anything else about your cover that we need to know? Feel free to share.

People often ask about the cello leaning against the tree because music is not mentioned in the back cover blurb. Although the heroine is a world famous architect, music is a vital part of her life as well as the catalyst for her romance with James. They come together intimately for the first time after James witnesses Jennifer playing the cello under the willow tree.

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1 comment:

Erin said...

Hi, Nikki:

Thanks so much for posting my cover. It's so nice to see it front and center.

Erin Aislinn