1. I love the cover for your novel The Stolen One and the last time we talked, you said you had a lot of say on the cover and even found the necklace she wears. What exactly did you help with and where did you find the jewelry?
I’m so happy with the cover. I feel like I hit the jackpot. The photographer is Chris Borgman who does beautiful, otherwordly, haunting work. He provided portfolios of red headed models and I got to put my two cents in on who I liked the best. We all agreed on “Courtney” who graces the cover. They also emailed me different dresses and I got to comment on which one’s were the best.
The week before the photoshoot, I was watching the finale of The Tudors and I googled the title just to read more about the show. But an interesting website came up – Sapphire and Sage. The artist makes reproduction renaissance and Tudor jewelry. I perused her site and saw a necklace that would be perfect fo the cover – an exact replica of what we needed – and I contacted my editor. They contacted the artist and she made one up, shipped it, and it arrived the night before the shoot. Afterwards, my editor sent me the necklace, and now I can wear it at booksignings. And must also acknowledge Paul Zakris, art director at Greenwillow, for his input on the cover and jacket.
2. The girl on the cover is holding fruit (is it a pear?). Does this have anything to do with the story within? Anything you can share at least?
At the beginning of the novel, a young pear farmer, Christian, proposes to Kat my main character. But she chooses to go to London in search of her identity. It was the photographer’s wife who came up with the idea for Kat to hold the pear on the cover, and it’s perfect on several levels. You will just have to read the book to find out why. I’m now collecting vintage pear pins on ebay. And there will be a pear on my bookplates.
My father did a pen and ink of one for me. I’m really having fun with the pear motif. I made little velvet bags filled with pear flavored jelly bellies that were given away to librarians with the advance reading copy. Tied around the outside was a tassel bookmark with a charms that symbolized motifs in the book including of course the pear.
3. How would you describe the genre for The Stolen One? Is it a historical fantasy? Is there romance? A bit of the supernatural?
I would say The Stolen One is a young adult historical romance with a bit of intrigue and mystery. The romance is not dominate as in a traditional romance. In fact, Kat has three love interests to choose from. There is a little bit of the supernational, but not much. It’s just a good story with a lot of lush detail of the era.
4. Will The Stolen One will be a stand-alone novel or are you planning on making it a series or adding a sequel? If not, what are you hoping to write about next?
The Stolen One is a stand along novel. I have a couple of ideas brewing for what I’m going to work on next – another Texas novel like The Very Ordered Existence of Merilee Marvelous, my first book, and possibly another historical, this one set in the 1700’s in Venice. We’ll just have to which one wins out.
5. What made you pick the setting of Tudor England? Is that where it was always going to be set or did the place come later?
The Stolen One is based on a nugget of real history so it had to be set in Tudor times. However, I have always loved this time period, and I grew up with the family legend that I am very distantly related to the family of Lady Jane Grey, the tragic queen of nine days.
6. If you could wish on a real shooting star, what would you wish for and why?
That’s a hard one. I’d have to say, since I’m a mother, I wish for health and happiness for my three children.
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