Sunday, August 2, 2009

Book Cover Art for Night & Day by Sherrie Hansen

Did you design the cover?
In part - I provided photos of three different quilts for the publisher's creative design team to choose from. I also selected the lettering.

Did your publisher design the cover?
Yes. They selected the quilt and adapted it to use on the cover.

Did you get to give any input about the cover design?
Yes, in addition to providing the photo, I had final approval.

Is there an interesting story behind the cover design? If so, please share the details.
I designed and choose the colors and fabrics for the quilt on the cover of "Night and Day" for one of the guest rooms at my bed and breakfast, The Blue Belle Inn B&B and Tea House in St. Ansgar, Iowa. Each of my rooms is named after a children's story - this one is called "On the Banks of Plum Creek" by Laura Ingalls Wilder. It's a log cabin design, and matches the colors of the room, which are blue and plum.

Who is the cover artist?
Tracy Beltran, Second Wind Publishing

Are you happy with the cover?
I love it!

Tell us what you think is the best part of the cover.
The main character in my book, Jensen Marie Christiansen, is a designer of quilts. Her most prized possession is a quilt made by her Great-grandmother, Maren Jensen. My sentimental hero, Anders Westerlund, still sleeps under a quilt made by his mother when the weather gets chilly. It's their sentimental natures that draw them together on the internet, and keep them apart, since she's in Minnesota and he's in Denmark. I think the warm colors and homespun design of the quilt are eye-catching and perfect for the plot.

Is there anything else about your cover that we need to know? Feel free to share.
My husband took the photo, and is proud of his contribution.

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for featuring "Night and Day"!

Margay said...

Loved getting to know the story behind the cover! My mother is a quilter - among the many other things she does! - so I am always interested in quilt stories. Thank you for sharing it with us. The quilt is lovely, by the way.

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