Join us, as Lindsey and I chat about the cover of our next book releasing in March 2017 from HarperCollins. We share our thoughts on the design and share some backstory. Aaaaaand then we veer off topic. But you knew that… 🙂
Lindsey: Robin and I got together (well, internet together. Google docs together) to share our reactions to the cover for our next book, THE PAGES BETWEEN US: IN THE SPOTLIGHT. What’s that you say? You wrote another Pages Between Us book together?! Yep. LIKE YOU COULD STOP US.
Robin: The only thing that could stop us from writing another book is…wait…there’s nothing. We love doing this too much. And today is a big day. The cover for our second collaboration is ALIVE! It has a beating heart! And lungs! And wow, that got gross.
Lindsey: I think they call it going live, Robin. Not Alive. Also, you like personifying things, don’t you?
Robin: The cup of coffee I’m drinking is my best friend. So YES, I personify things.
Lindsey: I bet that cup of coffee is burning hot, too. I know you so well. Anyway, I’m presently on my balcony in the green mountains of Utah…
Robin: And I am sitting in a Starbucks overlooking a six-lane highway and a Shell gas station. Classy. So, Lindsey…let’s talk about our love for this cover. ….. Lindsey. Lindsey? You there? Are you nursing a baby bird back to health or something?? That’s what you do in the mountains of Utah, I’m assuming.
Lindsey: Sorry. No birds involved. Parenting moment. Had to settle my kids’ disagreement over a pair of socks. Ahhhh balance.
Robin: You’re my hero.
Lindsey: So, let’s open this email and behold this image in all it’s jpeg glory together, shall we?
Robin: Isn’t jpeg the BEST word ever? And this jpeg below is particularly darling.
Lindsey: Ahhhhhh! My eyes are tickling from the amazing. Can eyes tickle?
Robin: SO. MUCH. COVER. CUTENESS! Also, eyes totally tickle when they’re in the presence of things one can only describe as “adorbs.”
Lindsey: Here are three things I love about the cover.
- That it shows both girls interests that are central to the story
- The little Battle of the Books flyer. Fair readers–have you ever participated in your school’s Battle of the Books? You get to read AND discuss AND battle? We were so in love with the different Battles we watched as authors that we had to include one in this story
- The colors. Doesn’t it look like Book #1 & #2 are BFFs?
Robin: Yes, book 1 & 2 are totally going to stay best friends all the way through college and chat on facebook when they’re adults. I was so excited to see the Battle of the Books flyer on the cover. Our artists came up with the idea to spear books with swords–darling! A quick side note about Battle of the Books: Lindsey and I have both participated as authors. But to write this book, we wanted to see other viewpoints. We met in a small mountain town in California and rented a quaint cabin to write the battle scenes. Luckily, Youtube is our best friend (besides each other) and there were tons of videos of schools across the country battling it out…over books. So, in summary, we watched videos in a remote cabin. It is as creepy as it sounds.
Lindsey: Not to give anything away! I mean, about the book. I fear we’ve already given away enough about ourselves, Robin.
Robin: My social security number is–
Robin: I’m going to go now. Time to nurse a baby bird back to health.
Lindsey: No, that’s me. You’re the one by the freeway.
Robin: Right. I meant to say ‘gotta go nurse a Slurpee.’
Lindsey: So IN THE SPOTLIGHT is available March 2017 and is up for pre-order here. In the meantime, read THE PAGES BETWEEN US and start a fun notebook with your bestie just like Olivia and Piper
Robin: If you pre-order, send one of us a message and we will mail you signed bookmarks and a bookplate! And possibly my social security number!*
*Authors’ note: We are not sending you our social security numbers.