The thing I did destroy is my Penguin Classics paperback edition of Shakespeare's The Tempest, because I thumbed through it so many times while writing the novel. Eliza's character is patterned after Prospero's daughter in the play. I would have named her Miranda, but I'd already used that name for another book (now out of print). She grew up in isolation on a barrier island, and she has a magical way with wild creatures. Fans of The Tempest will find the names of her critters very familiar.
I love the new cover art. It’s nicer “in person” than online. There’s a muted quality to the illustration and a nice antique-y matte finish. There’s a pale cast to Eliza’s skin which brings to mind all those vampire covers that are so wildly popular these days–not that this is a vampire book. I’m not normally a fan of green in cover art, particularly green foil lettering, but this is eyecatching and beautiful. It’s a good fit thematically, too, since the book is about redemption and renewal.
The one bit I’m not so fond of is the shoutline at the top of the back cover copy: “An unbroken horse, a broken man, an estate that needed her.” A strange and awkward phrase. (For the record, the author almost never writes the cover copy.) With the exception of the shoutline, the book’s description is spot-on. Reading over it reminds me of how much passion and tenderness I had for the characters, back when I was writing this book.
Don't miss the coupon in the back of the book, good for $2 off Just Breathe, my upcoming book. Clip it out! Make note of the very limited time offer–it has to be used between August 26 and September 2.
Causes Susan Wiggs Supports
Bainbridge Island Library, Field's End, West Sound Wildlife Shelter, Bainbridge Island Land Trust, The Authors Guild