News Flash! My first ever book-jacket photography credit appears in stores today!
Allow me to explain:
Exactly a year ago, my lovely wife Justine’s book Magic or Madness came out. In that year it has received mountains of rapturous praise. In fact, before I go on with the story, let me be a proud spouse and share my favorites blurbs with you:
“Larbalestier has wrought beautiful and fearsome magic in this novel . . . this radiant gem stands alone, but expect readers to be impatient for the rest of the trilogy.”
â€”School Library Journal
“In this fierce, hypnotic novel, character, story, and the thrumming forces of magic strike a rare, memorable balance.”
“A vivid and uncompromising portrayal of magic and the consequences of power.”
Wonderful stuff. And even better, it comes out today in paperback and can thus be bought for a pittance.
But that’s not the point of my story, which is about me.
You see, my photo credit is in Justine’s second book, Magic Lessons, which also comes out today. Here’s how it all happened:
Justine was asked by our publisher for ideas about the cover. There’s this scene set in a wonderful and strange cemetery, one that really exists in Sydney. We tried to describe its crooked, broken headstones and giant Moreton Bay fig trees to the designer, but he couldn’t grasp what we were talking about. For one thing, he had never seen a proper Aussie fig tree before.
So we went down to the cemetery and took a bunch of pictures. Little did we know, they would wind up using our actual pictures! We rule.
One of Justine’s lovely tree photos is on the cover, and my headstone shots adorn the back. Here are the two books together:
Beautimous, eh? Here’s all the pictures we took in their raw form. (As you can see, it really is the most awesome cemetery.)
To read more about Justine’s series, go here!