When my editor asked if I had any ideas for the cover for The Wednesday Daughters that I wanted her to pass on to the art department, the first photo I sent was the one I used as my screensaver while I was writing the novel, “AllysCottageScreensaver.” It’s a cottage Mac and I stayed in for two nights in Wales on our way to the English Lake District where The Wednesday Daughters is set.
I so loved the blue door that I picked it up from northern Wales and put it on the cottage in the English Lakes that is home base for the Wednesday Daughters. I also moved the manor house that went with the cottage–a former Welsh country house that is now a lovely hotel called Bodysgallen–to use as a model for the manor house in the novel.
I was THRILLED when I received the cover (the work of Robbin Schiff at Random House), which captures the spirit of the blue door and yet is so much more gorgeous and evocative!
I love that the door is slightly ajar, leaving me wondering what is inside, and who might have left it open, and whether they are there or gone. I love the envelope tucked into the gorgeous grillwork; and indeed zoomed in on it to read the addressee. And I SO LOVE the blue. Really, isn’t it stunning?
The book doesn’t come out until July 23, but I’ve been promised a few early reader copies to share with a few readers from the Wednesday Readers’ Circle. If you aren’t already part of the Circle and would like to have your name tossed in the hat, just join through the form below. I do not ever, for any purpose, share your information with anyone else, and if you change your email or your mind, all correspondence will come with update and unsubscribe links. Thanks!- Meg
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