Today is the official launch of The Lake of Dreams in paperback. The Penguin cover is beautiful. I love the color, and I love the way the key beneath the water evokes a sense of mystery. Every time I glance at the cover, from across the room or across a bookstore, I find it compelling and mysterious all over again.
Authors rarely have much input into the covers of their books. The design is done by artists at the publishing house, and one day the cover image simply arrives, these days by email attachment. I always pause and take a breath before I open them–and each time, I’ve been thrilled. Im grateful to the artists for the thought and care inspiration they bring to their work, and for the ways they have managed to translate the thematic heart of each of my books into images both powerful and compelling.
Today I’m in Louisville, Kentucky, for an event at the Louisville Free Public Library. If you’re in the area, I hope to see you there!