We are pleased to reveal the cover for TRYST, the debut New Adult novel by Book Country member Alex Rosa! Alex first workshopped TRYST on Book Country, which was then picked up by InterMix, a Berkley/NAL’s e-initial imprint. TRYST will be out March 17, 2015. Read our interview with Alex and her editor, Kristine Swartz, about creating the cover below.
Janet Umenta: What do you want the cover to say to potential readers?
Alex Rosa: I want the cover to give off the Southern California vibe, while at the same time hinting at a forbidden relationship and a bad boy worth risking it all for.
Kristine Swartz: I want the cover to pull the readers in—I want them to see it and be intrigued by the couple, and wonder about the love story between them.
JU: What was your involvement during the creative process?
AR: My editor, Kristine Swartz, told me she was going into a meeting to discuss the cover of TRYST and asked me if I had any suggestions to give her. I sent over the original cover that was used when TRYST was posted online and explained how readers liked the tone of it, while agreeing with Kristine’s suggestion of going with a warm color palette to represent Los Angeles, where the book is set. She also showed me a cover that she thought had a color scheme that would suit TRYST, and I completely agreed.
KS: The editor always meets with the Art department to discuss the novel, and what type of look we’d like to go for. I knew I wanted it feel young and sexy, and I wanted the cover to convey a California vibe, since that’s central to the story.
JU: Did anything surprise you about the collaboration involved in creating a cover?
AR: I was nervous, being new to the traditional publishing world, but I was just ecstatic that Kristine had asked me if I had anything to suggest before decisions were made. This was a relief because I wasn’t sure if this was something that was out of my hands or not. Having the ability to let a publisher know what you see represents your book best is truly an amazing feeling!
KS: I think Alex and I were on the same page from the start. She wanted the cover image to convey the title, TRYST, which I think it does.
JU: How did you react when you saw the cover for the first time?
AR: The anticipation of seeing it might have been killing me because I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was thrilled. I got a bit giddy –ok, that’s a lie. I got majorly giddy. I loved the way they incorporated the palm trees in the background to represent Southern California, and I HAVE to mention the good-looking couple on the cover! EEK! The cover I had previously made for the online version had no faces on it, so to see a couple on the cover was what made me giddy in the first place. The woman is so close to how I pictured the beautifully smart, overly cautious leading lady, Skyler Silva, and I think the guy totally captures the witty and arrogant to a fault, bad boy Blake Everett! I’m in love with the cover, and I hope readers are as excited as I am about its release!
KS: I smiled—I love this cover. You go into the meeting with a concept, but it’s always amazing to see the final product.
Read the first three chapters of TRYST on Book Country!
About Alex Rosa
When Alex Rosa isn’t scouring city parks or cafes to write, she is most likely trying to convince her friends to join her on her next adventure. A sufferer of wanderlust, she is always looking for a new mountain to climb, a canyon to hike, or a plane to board. Her résumé consists of coroner, zoo worker, and most recently executive assistant, but she finds her home amongst words, whether it is in books or in film. Her obsessions are on the brink of bizarre, but that’s just the way she likes it. Connect with her on her website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, and Book Country. Pre-order TRYST here.
Kristine Swartz is an assistant editor at The Berkley Publishing Group, where she deals primarily (and happily) with all sorts of romance and paranormal books. Connect with her on Twitter and Book Country.