Are you ready for a trip down the rabbit hole?
New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter starts new series, The White Rabbit Chronicles, with Alice in Zombieland (Harlequin TEEN, on sale September 25) – inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic story with a modern paranormal twist.
Today we have an interview with Tara Scarcello, who designed the cover for Alice in Zombieland, with a behind-the-scenes look at how the cover was created. And don’t miss the Look for the White Rabbit scavenger hunt for your chance to win a Kindle Paperwhite signed by Gena Showalter plus an authographed copy of the book! Keep reading for details on how to enter…
A: We were very much inspired by Tim Burton and Alexander McQueen for this cover. They both do such a great job of creating beauty in a unique way and we really wanted that feel. We wanted beauty within a unique and slightly weird world.
Q: Was there any other cover concepts or did you always know ‘Alice Bell’ would be the focus?
A: We decided to focus on ‘Alice Bell’ for the cover from the beginning. We thought taking inspiration from the original Alice in Wonderland blue dress, but putting a twist on it, would create something beautiful, but spooky at the same time. There were a few concepts that we went through all involving Alice in different situations, one being falling down the rabbit hole and the final idea of her in the forest. There was another setting for Alice, but we’ve decided to keep that for the next book in the series.
Q: Where did the photo of the girl come from?
A: The photo of Alice was shot by the photographer Nikki Omerod and art directed by Gigi Lau. Unfortunately I was unable to attend the photo-shoot, but I heard there was a bunny and it looked like a lot of fun!
Q: What is a typical day (or we could expand to a week or process of creating a cover) like for you?
A: Designing a book cover differs depending on many different factors, but the overall process remains the same. At its most basic, this is the way things happen:
- Marketing, editorial, the art director and designer assigned to the book get together to brainstorm ideas and directions for the cover.
- After the brainstorming the designer and art director will develop concepts.
- The concepts are then presented to the team and a direction is chosen.
- Depending on the direction chosen a photo-shoot needs to be scheduled by the art director or art needs to be bought. Sometimes illustrators or type designers are hired, or the art is done in-house by the designer. All of this depends on our time-line and budget for the book.
- Once the final art is approved by the team it is placed in a template where the spine and back-cover art is created and then sent out for final approval.
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Now for more about the scavenger hunt!
Look for the White Rabbit Contest: Each Day, the white Rabbit will appear on one site and stay there for 48 hours. Once you have found the Rabbit, click on it and you will be directed to a Rafflecopter entry form for the Grand Prize Giveaway! To enter, you must answer the daily question found at the Tour Stop!!!
Here is today’s question: What’s your favorite element of the Alice in Zombieland cover?
Now go and find the white rabbit!!
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Follow the rest of the Alice in Zombieland Blog Tour to learn more about the book and for more chances to find the White Rabbit…
- Wednesday, September 19th – Bookish Brunette
- Friday, September 21th – IB Blogging
- Monday, September 24th – Refracted Light Reviews
- Tuesday, September 25th Book Birthday – Xpresso Reads
- Wednesday, September 26th – The Cozy Reader
- Friday, September 28th – Grave Tells
- Monday, October – 1st – Parajunkee
- Wednesday, October 3rd – Supernatural Snark
- Friday, October 5th – The Unread Reader