Every book needs its cover: to display the face of the prose to the world, to nudge or tweak the curious buyer. This is the glorious cover for my novel due out in October 2010, Under the Poppy. It was created by Base Art Company, and to say that I’m over the moon would be an understatement.

What the best cover art does is combine artistry with subtlety, to display  the meaning and idea of the book, rather than flatly illustrate a scene, which is so much harder than it sounds.

I’ve had some amazing covers thanks to Rick Lieder, to wit, Kissing the Bee and The Blue Mirror, two of my favorites.

There have also been disasters – none of them were my YAs, let’s leave it at that – but yargh.