Thursday, October 22, 2009

Thank you!

Thank you SO much for all of your kind words about the cover for STAY! You guys are amazing!

I really love that Argo is on the cover. It wasn't the original plan, but apparently finding a stock photo of a black German Shepherd isn't super easy. Since we happen to have a black German Shepherd lying around the house, it worked out well. We took over 1,000 pictures of him and sent them off to Dutton so the amazing designer could work her magic and make that cover.

Since Argo was such a huge part of writing STAY, having him on the cover just feels perfect. Not only was he the inspiration for Van's dog, Joe, but he was my writing buddy. He sat next to me and snored while I wrote. He went hiking with me when I needed to work through story hiccups in my head. He was there for every rejection and every celebration in the submission process. And it is a hell of a lot easier to put yourself out there and deal with rejection when you have a big furry cheerleader who loves you no matter what.

Argo has taught me so much in the past five years, and I am who I am now, in large part because of him. I think STAY is, among other things, a tribute to the importance of pets and having that kind of unconditional love waiting for us at home. So it's fitting that the cover is (in addition to being a brilliant way to sum up the story visually) a secret little tribute my trusty dog, Argo.


Corinne Bowen said...

You're making me teary! I feel the same way about trusty Thomas:) When is Van going to get here already! I'm dying to meet her. xo

Noelle said...

That's so great, and inspired me to call my first book, "Get off my forearms, Cat."

It may or may not work.

Reluctant Blogger said...

Oh yes, I agree about pets. My cat is just such wonderful company. She follows me around all day long and types in people's comment boxes when I am not looking. She does all sorts of weird things to my laptop that it takes me hours to undo. It was speaking to me when I went to use it earlier - she had switched something on that I didn't even know I had.

courtney said...

What a great pup he is! Loyal four-legged friends are the best.