Winter Wonderland

2010 has been a good year for me but I’m glad to be leaving it behind. I wasn’t very well for quite a lot of it, and there are so many new things to look forward to next year.

Like a new business, and a new job, and a second semester teaching at UCLAN and of course, the new book.

I’ve been excited to show you the cover for quite a while. More excited than ever now there’s chunks of ice floating along in the Ribble and Preston looks a bit like the pretend-Preston in Cold Light.

I like it a lot. When I was down in London in the summer I looked at lots of drafts for this cover – pictures of frozen ponds and icicles and bare trees, of teenage girls – alone, in pairs, twirling or staring, fuzzy or in focus, sitting on benches, in the grass, near water. Of spider-webs decorated with frost, of parks, of the sky in winter.

They all captured the strange and other-worldly chilliness I wanted to evoke in the book but Cold Light isn’t so much about girls’ friendship as it is about what it feels like to be permanently excluded from friendship (yes, again) and about what it’s like to stare through the mist, through a frosty pane of glass, at something you don’t quite understand.

The image of the gangly girl staring away from the camera at something too far away to see jumped out at me at the time, and I’m glad it’s the one we all finally went for.

And while I’m here… wouldn’t ‘Winter Wonderland’ make a brilliant opening credits track for a horror film? A snowman dressed as a clown? Come on! 

10 responses to “Winter Wonderland”

  1. AliB says:

    Great cover picture – you must be thrilled. When is the publication date?

  2. Hardback out in May next year… you can find out a bit more about it by going here

    And I am thrilled. It’s a brilliant cover; I love it 🙂

  3. Kerry says:

    It’s a lovely cover Jenn – definitely something I’d pick up (and will come May.)

    Happy New Year I’m sure 2011 will bring all manner of excitingments!

  4. kim mcgowan says:

    That cover is just perfect – the tones, the girl, her clothes, everything!
    (oops… I wrote ‘lust perfect’ by accident, luckily I noticed in the nick of time

  5. Megan says:

    oh yes, scary snowmen.

    Stunning cover – really exciting. Have an amazing 2011 Mrs
    Megan x

  6. sara says:

    Brilliant cover! I’m so looking forward to reading this – I have a really good feeling about it.

  7. Susan says:

    Lovely cover. Looking forward to reading it.

  8. Jane says:

    Fantastic. Two years after reading the first drafts I can’t wait.
    Happy New Year Jenn.

  9. Yes, it looks fantastic Jen, I’m looking forward to reading it. Hoping I’m not going to have to re-name my cat this time though… (embarrassing, creepy and distinctly worrying, but that’s just fine!)

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