Where She Went
Als vervolg op de cover had ik verschillende interviews en artikels in de krant en ook een interview op radio 2 tijdens de uitzending avondpost.
Beetje uitleg over het feit dat ik op de cover stond … Where She Went is een vervolg op een bestseller. Ze zochten dus iemand om op de cover te staan van hun nieuw boek maar ze moesten iemand hebben die een beetje leek op het meisje van boek één. Ze hebben enorm veel gezocht en niemand gevonden tot ze op mijn site terecht zijn gekomen ( jaja sites en blogs dienen toch voor iets hé) . Toen zagen ze mijn foto en de schrijfster was er meteen weg van. Ik kreeg dus opeens een mail van de uitgever met de vraag of ze mijn foto mochten gebruiken voor de cover van hun boek. Ik heb dan Selina gecontacteerd en zo is dat begonnen …
Dat zegt Gayle Forman over haar zoektocht naar de cover girl 🙂
“My publisher asked for ideas, but honestly, I knew that I had thrown them such a huge challenge in finding a cover for Where She Went that would be both striking, true to the book, and of a piece with If I Stay that I kept my mouth shut. Because really, truly, I had no clue what to do. I was relieved that I was not in the design department. Had Where She Went been a stand-alone, I think there would’ve been so many directions to go in. But in a way, the design was limited by the If I Stay cover. So I just sat back and wondered what they were going to do and felt grateful that coming up with a cover concept was not my job. “When I saw the first version of the cover, my response was: Everything but the girl. Because I loved the general concept, and the idea of having a girl–Mia–on the cover, seemed so right. But the original girl looked nothing like the Mia from the first cover. And the model from the first cover was no longer available, and, oddly, other photos we’d found of her, looked nothing like the girl from the If I Stay cover. Also, the girl in the Where She Went cover try, aside from not resembling the original Mia, looked rather sad and wistful. Mia needed to look more fierce. “My editor was in total agreement with me, both about the Mia needing to look the If I StayMia and about the wrongness of her expression–actually, she was the one who first raised the second point. So she took our case to the art department. “I am sure the art department went through a period of not loving my editor or me. I think they thought we were asking for the moon: a twin of the initial Mia with a fierce expression on her face? They must’ve been like: How the hell are we going to find that? And then they went and pulled a rabbit out of a hat. Found the perfect image. The girl on Where She Went totally looks like the girl on the If I Stay cover. And what I love most is the look on her face.
‘There are two things that make the cover perfect to me: One is the look on the girl’s face. It beckons you, or at least it beckons me. So yes, this is Adam’s book, but if you read it, it will make sense to you that Mia is on the cover and this girl will make sense as Mia. And second, when I hold this book up against the paperback of If I Stay–which has become the dominant image now–they look stunning together. Yin and Yang. They complete each other.”