After writing Fractured, I had a clear idea of what I wanted the book cover to look like. The problem? There’s a huge difference between having an idea stuck in your mind, and actually getting your ideas across to another person.
Najla Qamber, my book cover designer, was very, very patient. We did like seven versions of the book before we ended up choosing this one. I still have all the other versions saved, and I look at them every now and then.
The first book cover made the book look like it was a paranormal romance novel – soft, purple colors, almost like velvet. A girl with a flowing dress looked through a mirror that shows a decayed house. The cover had absolutely nothing in common with the book, and I was a little upset about it, to be honest. Upset in the way only authors can be – pacing up and down my living room, brooding like a 150-year-old vampire, and muttering words under my breath that sounded like Latin curses. Not a pretty sight.
But Fractured wasn’t about a girl in a flowing dress staring from some far away world to a decaying house. It was about an ordinary girl wearing jeans who lived in an old, dilapidated house. Never once did said girl see a house through the mirror.
My publisher agreed with me that the cover was too soft and romantic for the story. So we went in the completely opposite direction.
The next version was a close up of a face in a shattered mirror. The color green was everywhere in the cover – and I’m not that fond of green.
I hated it. Even more than the previous one. I threw another (private) author tantrum that involved ritual sacrifice and voodoo. I’m not sure if my ritual sacrifice did the trick, or if it was the mail I sent explaining why the cover wouldn’t suit my book, and would probably drive readers away. With the title being Fractured, and the cover looking like that, it sounded like the book was about a girl who got hurt in a car accident or something. Which didn’t fit my story at all.
Next edition came up. This time around, the cover looked very much like the one it ended up being. Dark colors (finally!), a mirror, and a hand reflected in the mirror. The font was still a bit too soft and swirly for my tastes, but this was the cover I’d been dreaming of! With some small changes of course, because I’m an author, and I like to nag.
So the font was changed to something that screams “hello, I’m scary” and the girl’s torso was added in the mirror reflection.
This was by far the toughest cover I’ve ever worked on. For my children’s books, the covers seem to come much easier, even though I’ve no clue why.
But in the end, I’m pleased with the result. I absolutely love my cover. It fits the book. You won’t look at this cover and think ‘oh, a romantic love story with no scary stuff whatsoever’. At least, I hope you won’t.
Covers are important. Not all publishers are willing to work with authors on making their cover the best it can be. I was lucky enough to have a publisher who not only allowed seven different versions to be made of the cover, but who was also very supportive about the changes I wanted to implement in the cover.
When Piper discovers an old antique mirror on the attic of her new home, she has no idea what terror she unlocked.
Eerie shadows lurking in the night and estranged voices crying out for help are only the beginning. As Piper’s world comes crumbling down, she realizes everything that she believed was imaginary, might have been real all along.
Something is very wrong with that mirror. And if she doesn’t find out what, the mirror might end up killing her.
With some help of old and new friends, Piper tries to get to the bottom of the mystery. One thing is for certain: the mirror preys on the guilty. But what exactly is she guilty of?
About the Series
The Mirrorland Series is a trilogy of young adult paranormal books focusing on the mirrorland, a world where lost souls dwell and are being tormented by nightmarish creatures – purgatory. The ruler of this Mirrorland is none other than the Horseman of Death, a legendary creature and harbinger of the Apocalypse.
After spending years taking care of the souls of the deceased – hunting them down to bring them before the judges, who decide whether they get thrown into hell or ascend to heaven – the Horseman comes up with a plan to escape this hellish dimension, and to come back to earth. But in order to do that, he needs someone to break one of the seals of the Apocalypse… Fractured is the first book in this series.
Majanka Verstraete is a twenty-two-year old Belgian law school student. Writing is her passion, and has been ever since she learned how to read.
She writes about all things supernatural for children of all ages. She’s tried to write contemporary novels before, but something paranormal always manages to crawl in.
Her debut picture book, Valentina and the Haunted Mansion, released on May 20th, 2013. She has four books coming up in September 2013. The first is another picture book in the Valentina’s Spooky Adventures series, titled Valentina and the Whackadoodle Witch. Then there’s the first two books of her debut chapter book series titled Weirdville, The Doll Maker and House of Horrors. Her debut young adult novel, Fractured, the first book in the Mirrorland series, will release in September as well.
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