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Becoming Jinn - Story Behind the Cover Design‏

Thanks so much for having me here to talk about Becoming Jinn’s cover, which recently went through a bit of a transformation to become the final version that will land on shelves so very soon! I’m completely in love with the purple color and the font. There are a few other tweaks here and there that someone who hasn’t studied it in depth (*whistles*) might not immediately notice, but the combination has made the cover feel even more true to the inspiration of the book. It feels cohesive, polished, and somehow simply “right.”

And I say that as an author who never had the image in my head of what my cover should be. Some authors know down to the last detail what they’d love to see on their cover, some have no opinion at all. That’s as varied as the author’s involvement in the cover design. Every publisher, editor, designer, and author is different in terms of being involved in discussions, seeing drafts, and seeing the final version land in their inbox.

My experience is somewhere smack dab in the middle. While I didn’t have a particular cover in mind, the one thing I thought would represent the book well was to incorporate the silver bangle that Azra receives. It’s what releases her Jinn powers and starts her journey.

Long ago, I mentioned this to my editor, Liz Szabla, and it turns out that Rich Deas, the creative director at Macmillan, and the rest of the team were on the same page. That was the direction they intended to go with the cover. Great! Fast-forward a few months to when I received an e-mail from Liz asking for my opinion on the bangles they were to use in a photo shoot for the cover. She had scoured markets and online sites and was having trouble finding the one she thought matched the feel of the book.

Give me a shopping challenge, and I’ll take it! Off I went to find a bangle that screamed Jinn. And I did, in a store called Ten Thousand Villages. It was perfect. What wasn’t perfect was that the store only had two. And Liz asked me to get six; there are six Jinn girls in the book and F&F was considering using multiple bangles to represent them on the cover. The bangle I found was on clearance, which was good for our budget, but that meant we couldn’t easily get more. This is where it got crazy and fun: Ten Thousand Villages is a chain store. The woman helping me whipped out the huge list of stores all over the country and began to hunt down where we might be able to snag a few more bracelets. We found some. Hurray! But store policy prevented phone orders. Boo!

As luck and fate would have it, one of my best friends who lives in California was visiting his parents in Portland, Maine, and guess which store had four more bangles, giving us the six we needed?

Bingo. Six bangles were then on their way to Feiwel and Friends. While I love the single bangle that is on the cover, the only downside is not being able to say it’s this wacky story that resulted in the six bangles on the cover! There’s always book two…

After we secured the six bangles for the cover, I enlisted friends in other parts of the country to help me locate a few more (shout-out to my good friend Chandler Baker, author of Alive, who picked up one in Texas for me). I managed to get my little hands on one for myself as well as a few extra that will be given away to fans in the very near future. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or my Web site to be the first to find out about the bangle giveaway! You can also find out about a special preorder campaign I’m running that will be showering early fans with gift cards galore!

I just love having the bangle on the cover. To me, it’s the perfect representation of both the beauty and the obligation of becoming Jinn.

Forget everything you thought you knew about genies!
Azra has just turned sixteen, and overnight her body lengthens, her olive skin deepens, and her eyes glisten gold thanks to the brand-new silver bangle that locks around her wrist. As she always knew it would, her Jinn ancestry brings not just magical powers but the reality of a life of servitude, as her wish granting is controlled by a remote ruling class of Jinn known as the Afrit. 
To the humans she lives among, she’s just the girl working at the snack bar at the beach, navigating the fryer and her first crush. But behind closed doors, she’s learning how to harness her powers and fulfill the obligations of her destiny. 
Mentored by her mother and her Zar “sisters”, Azra discovers she may not be quite like the rest of her circle of female Jinn . . . and that her powers could endanger them all. As Azra uncovers the darker world of becoming Jinn, she realizes when genies and wishes are involved, there’s always a trick.

Becoming Jinn (Becoming Jinn #1)
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: April 21st 2015

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Mythology

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My debut novel, the Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy Becoming Jinn, is a modern spin on the traditional tale of wish-granting genies. It will be released on April 21, 2015, by Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s. The sequel will follow in Spring 2016. I am represented by Lucy Carson of The Friedrich Agency.

Too much of my day involves chatting books, obsessing over The Vampire Diaries, and perfecting the art of efficient writing through Twitter. Find me at @loriagoldstein and follow my blog at www.lorigoldsteinbooks.com or my Tumblr at http://lorigoldsteinbooks.tumblr.com. Like my author page on Facebook for fun book-related photos, tidbits, and happenings as well as news on Becoming Jinn.

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