A couple of weeks ago, I got an email from my editor. They had come up with a cover they were very excited about.
As a recap, my story is about a group of teenagers that get lost in the Boundary Waters wilderness and try to survive after a freak storm and deadly accident.
I clicked the attachment and saw this:
Because it was on my phone, and I was looking at it in the sunlight, I became confused.
"What is that thing in the front?"
"It looks like a suit of armor."
Matt: "Are there wizards and warlocks in this book?"
I squinted. "No. Hmmm. Is that a flak-jacket? What the heck is that?"
Matt: "Let me look."
I hand him the phone.
Matt: "It's a hiking boot."
"It is?" I look again. "Huh, you're right."
Matt: "A hiking boot makes sense. A suit of armor doesn't."
Matt: "I like it."
So what do you think? I like that the cover gives you a very clear idea of what this book is about.
(Not about wizards dueling in the jungles of Vietnam.) Although that would be a kickass story anyway.