I am honored to host Kiki Hamilton, author of The Faerie Ring, on my blog today as part of a Teen Book Scene Blog Tour.
1) What is your favorite part of the cover?
I love every part of my cover! I love the glowing ring, I love how vague Tiki’s face is, I love the swirling font of the title, I love the snowflakes, I love the mystery, I love the colors—I love it all!! But if I had to pick one thing, I think that I love that the very subtle design of Tiki’s birthmark on her wrist is braided like a Celtic knot. It’s one of those things you don’t notice until you read the story, then you can flip back and see it.
2) What kind of input did you have on the cover?
I actually got to have a lot of input of my cover – for which I am very grateful. Susan Chang, my awesome editor, asked me for my thoughts from the very beginning. I shared my ideas and she shared hers and then Seth Lerner, the oh-so-talented Art Director at Tor, put together this beautiful cover, which I think is perfection! There are things about the cover that you won’t necessarily notice until you read the story, then you can flip back and go ‘oh yeah – I see that now.’
3) Did you get to pick the model?
I did not pick the model, but I did give a description of what Tiki looked like, including the birthmark on her wrist and I think they nailed it perfectly.
4) How did you decide whether to have a real picture on the cover versus a drawing?
I didn’t have any input on real vs. drawn but I think they did a wonderful job of combining both elements to provide all the necessary details.
5) If you could change one thing about the cover, what would it be?
Honestly, I wouldn’t change a thing. I think it reflects the story perfectly!!