Here is the cover for Parched, my debut U.S. novel (*cymbals!*). It’ll be out in March.
The interesting thing about this part of the process is, as an author, you have no say over the cover. At all. It gets sent to you in an email with a ‘Hope you like it, we all love it!’ type message. Even though I’m not a parent, I’m imagining this is what it’s like when your progeny hisses you should ‘Drop me off here, I’ll walk the rest of the way’. This thing you spent so long crafting and caring for and making a million sacrifices for has a life of its own. It’s making choices on its own. It’s distinctly unnerving and exciting and weird, all at once.
Anyway, the cover depicts the two locations in the novel, Eden (the domed city that functions as a socialist, sustainable utopia) and the Badlands (the sprawling, Mad Max-esque desert that surrounds it. You can also see a little buzzcar in Eden, named as their visual navigation is based on flies’.
I hope you like it. We all love it.