I really wanted to get the 'feel' of the novel, the 'eptiome' of what it is about. I wanted the reader to look at the cover, and see the patient in a straight-jacket; her hands dripping with blood, as she stands outside the gate of 'Royal Bethlem Asylum', and think to themselves, "What did she do? I want to know more", and then flick to the blurb, and hopefully, the first few pages. I employed a professional designer, and believe it or not, the girl on the cover is me, sort of computer-altered!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My favourite of all time has to be Catch 22 by Joseph Heller. It took me three tries to 'get into' that novel, and it was worth it. It makes me laugh even now, when I think of the famous line about the 'crab apples'. My second would have to be 'The Post Birthday World', by Lionel Shriver. I love how the author entwines two 'alternate' universes based upon a split-second decision. It bends my mind to imagine how differently your whole life could be, right now, if only you had made a different choice somewhere along the way. Would it be better? Worse? Or simply indifferent? We'll never know! My third favorite is The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. I admire the author for using Death as a narrative tool. I can't wait for this movie to be released. My fourth favorite is The Help. I also loved the movie. I know the author has had some pretty damaging allegations made against her, and we'll never know whether they are true or not, but it doesn't detract from the power of the story. My fifth favorite is The Other Boleyn Girl. I really enjoyed finding out about the famous Anne Boleyn's lesser known sister...and until I read the novel, I didn't even know she had one! I am aware that the historical accuracy of this has been much disputed, but a novel turned into a movie starring Scarlett Johannson is alright in my book!