Cover Stories: A conversation with Maggie Stiefvater and the Shiver/Linger cover designer!
By Morgan on July 19th, 2010
If you haven’t heard of the Shiver trilogy, here’s what you’re missing out on: werewolves. Freezing cold temperatures. Romance. And did I mention werewolves?
In celebration of the release of Linger, Maggie is going on a blog tour, which we are psyched to help kick off. And of course, we’ve got some exclusive scoop for you! Because apart from their renown as the ultimate werewolf-human love story, Shiver and Linger are often touted for their amazing covers (take a look at them and you’ll understand why — they’re gorgeous! Haunting! In a word, perfect.). So we’ve got a one-of-a-kind post for you today: a Q&A between Maggie herself and the cover designer of her Shiver series!
Christopher Stengel is the cover designer of Shiver and Linger, as well as various hardcover books published by Scholastic. Maggie asked him five questions; you can find questions 1 and 2 over on Maggie’s blog, and meanwhile, the rest are below!
3. (Maggie Stiefvater) Readers are pretty chuffed with the colored ink of the text. And for my part, I love the leaves imprinted into the cover beneath the dust jacket. Is that also part of your job description — overall design and/ or type-setting? And if it is, why colored ink?
(Christopher Stengel) Yes, the interiors are left up to us as well as the case covers, but that’s not always the case at all other publishing houses. In fact, from what I understand, a lot of the time at some houses, the elements of a book are often assigned to different people. By designing all the components of the package, you have more control over creating a book that has a sense of cohesion, which provides for a more complete end product. The colored ink on the interior felt like the cherry on top of the sundae.
4. (MS) And finally, blood spatter over the i’s in Shiver and Linger. Pretty wicked, Chris. I hear the author went rogue and named the last one Forever. Any thoughts on what you’re going to do with the blood this time?
(CS) My first thought was, “Oh, Maggie… What’re ya doin’ ta me!?!” To answer your question, yes, a solution has been found. I put together about four options, and we’ve settled on the most suitable (yet tastefully subtle) of the choices.
5. (MS) Okay, I lied. Readers keep asking me what color Forever‘s cover is going to be and I’m guessing they’re going to have to wait a long time before they find out. So my question is this: do YOU know already?
(CS) Oh, most definitely. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that I’ve known for almost a year and a half now!
How fun was that? It’s not every day you get to hear directly from a bestselling author and her cover designer! And now, we’re going to keep the fun going with…wait for it…a giveaway!
GIVEAWAY: We’ve got one sassy, shiver-inducing Linger tank top (women’s size Medium) to give away! Just leave a comment telling us why you’re excited about the release of Linger (and your email address!) and you’ll be entered to win. Official rules here.
UPDATE! Congrats to Erika Lynn, whose name was randomly selected out of all the entrants. Erika wins the Linger tank top. Thanks for playing, everyone!
Posted: July 19th, 2010 under Uncategorized. .