Saturday, August 20, 2011

Cover Interview with Sonia Gensler

I had the chance to ask author of The Revenant, Sonia Gensler, about her thoughts on her debut novel’s cover. 

What were your thoughts when you first saw the cover for The Revenant?
I cried. I thought it was beautiful, and seeing it really drove home that my book would be published. 
Were you able to provide any input on the design? 
Ha ha! None at all. I suppose if I'd hated it, my agent and I might have protested, but as it stood I really liked it. Actually, I did get to offer feedback on the jacket blurb and the excerpt on the back. But the design? No.
Do you feel the model portrays Willie the way you had envisioned her? 
I like how the model is interesting-looking rather than outright gorgeous. She looks appropriately period and I approve of the gothic feel to her dress and pose.
Do you think the cover is a good match for your book’s genre? 
Yes! I guess my book is categorized as Paranormal Romance, and often those covers are dark. This one has nice earth and water tones to it and yet still manages to seem creepy.
If you had to change one thing about it, what would it be? 
I'd like the title in raised letters! With foil! Just kidding. It's absolutely lovely the way it is.
What is your favorite aspect of the cover? 
It reminds me a little of Millais' Ophelia -- if you turned the painting on its side. Maybe I'm the only one who sees that, but it's one of my favorite things about the cover.
Any other thoughts you would like to share?

I'd love to point you toward Novel Novice's wallpapers for The Revenant -- they make nice companion pieces to the cover. 

Thanks for stopping by, Sonia!

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  1. I'm always amazed that they get no input.

  2. I can see why you cried, it's absolutely beautiful! It makes me want to pick up the book for sure!

  3. i think the cover is gorgeous, too. the book looks amazing!

  4. I agree Juju - Some authors do get an input and others not. I guess it's one less thing to worry about as an author.