Oct 152013

What was your intention for the cover?
I wanted a beautiful cover that was evocative, and striking. I wanted it to convey a sense of mystery, secrets and emerging.

How did you create the cover?
I had the good fortune of working with a wonderful small press who allowed me cover input and approval and who worked with me to create what I think is a really beautiful and artistically balanced cover. However, because of the limitations of a small press, I had to work with easily accessed photography and looked through hundreds and hundreds of options before coming across my final choice.

Are you happy with the end result?
I am extremely happy with the end result! I think it conveys all the elements I was reaching for.

Is there anything you would change?
Although there is nothing that I would change, I think there is a negative about the combination of the cover and the title. I think that it looks, to some, like a romance novel. And because of that, might detract from the literary merit of the novel itself possibly.

What do you think the cover says about your book?
Hopefully, it says, “I’m as beautiful inside as outside, and as mysterious, detailed and thought provoking!”

Bad Girls by Deborah Doucette
Published by Artema Press Incorporated on Jul 3, 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Find the book: AmazonSmashwords, Goodreads

Rebecca Griffin only ever wanted one thing: to be a good wife and mother. Her own domineering Italian-American mother, as well as the rest of her big-hearted, opinionated, wild and wonderful Italian family, had been telling her how to do just that since she was little and wanted to marry Roy Rogers. Now, it’s the 90’s and Rebecca has everything she ever dreamed of. But she suspects her husband is having an affair and fears her daughter, Dana, is going bad; hurtling dangerously out of reach toward a self-destructive calamity. Then Rebecca learns of the mysterious death of a distant cousin long ago at the prison bordering the small, idyllic New England town where she lives. It’s a story she can’t shake. Questions about the young woman’s fate nag at Rebecca as she desperately tries to reclaim the little girl she once knew, while hanging onto the ragged remnants of her marriage. Rebecca, her troubled daughter, Dana, and an enigmatic woman from the past, embark on a journey of discovery both distinctly their own, and shared. Each must wrestle with the demons that nip at their heels propelling them headlong, until all three collide one desperate, enchanted autumn night.

Bad Girls, at its heart, is a story about family. The origins, variations and connections that shaped them – even the places they came from – set these women on their path. As the unlikely travelers come to the end of their journey, they find new paths revealed in the most unearthly of places by the most innocent of messengers.

My Thoughts: I think it’s a beautiful cover, but I’m not sure it ties in with the summary at all. It looks more like a YA story than a literary family story. The title doesn’t quite match either, fitting more of a YA theme. The cover is gorgeous, it just doesn’t seem to fit this book.

What do you think of the cover? Does it make you want to pick up the book?

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