Today we have a guest post from April Lindner, author of Catherine, about the new look for her Wuthering Heights modern retelling!
Love Against the Odds: Catherine Gets a New Cover
This month my novel Catherine comes out in paperback with a brand-new cover, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Don’t get me wrong: I love the original cover. Lush and dramatic, it makes certain promises. The elegant model in her kick-ass stance says strong female protagonist. (Actually, the book has two strong female narrators—Catherine and her daughter, Chelsea.) In the background, the Flatiron Building rises up through the mist, announcing that the book’s Lower Manhattan setting will be as important as its characters. The title in bold purple letters promises a confident, free-spirited heroine—exactly how I see Catherine.
But the new paperback cover makes promises, too. On it, a boy and a girl hold each other in the shadows of a graffiti-covered underpass. They gaze at each other in rapt wonder, their shoulders, neck, and heads echoing the shape of a heart. Secret romance, this cover says. Love against the odds. The scene is less glamorous than the cityscape on the original—but its grittiness befits the book’s main setting, a post-punk nightclub on the Bowery. The title’s typeface is still bold, but its peachy color underscores the innocence of the couple’s embrace.
Catherine is a story of star-crossed love interwoven with a mystery. Its sound track is the post-punk music played by Catherine’s musician boyfriend, Hence. And the new paperback cover captures that complex mood exactly, I think. In fact, when it popped up on my computer screen for the first time, I almost swooned. There it was, in front of me: almost exactly the picture I’d seen in my imagination as I wrote the book.
Thank you April for sharing! We love the new look for Catherine in paperback and we’re all about the swooning. Readers, want to win a copy of your very own? We’ve got a Goodreads giveaway going on— enter to win!