Published: July 11th, 2012
When you’re browsing in a bookstore, what attracts you first to an author you haven’t yet read? For me, it’s the book cover. As a mystery reader and writer, I’m attracted by a certain type of cover and repelled by others. There are many books I would never have considered opening, just because of their cover art. At least, that was true before my first mystery novel was published.
When Poison Pen, was picked up by Penguin’s NAL, my editor and I met at the Malice Domestic mystery conference and walked around the dealer’s room together. I pointed out covers that I liked and, more important to me, those that I didn’t, so she would be able to offer input to the art department when it was time to design the covers for my books. Mine are tales of psychological suspense, featuring Claudia Rose, a forensic handwriting expert whose entry into criminal investigations comes mainly through her clients. Claudia’s cases sometimes end up with her presenting expert testimony in court (as I do in real life), so it seemed a no-brainer that my covers should look more like The Firm than The Cat Who....