Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Book Cover Feature: Hush, Hush - With Becca Fitzpatrick & James Porto

As soon as I saw the cover for Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush, Hush, my jaw just about dropped to the floor. I've personally never seen such an amazing image, least of all on the cover of a book. I liked it so much that I decided to ask Becca, and the man behind the photograph, James Porto, for their thoughts on the cover. Thanks to both Bec and James for taking the time to do this!


Cover Feature: Hush, Hush

Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Cover photographer: James Porto
Published by: Simon & Schuster
Release dates: October 13th (US), October 29th (UK)

Becca's Thoughts on the Cover:

There's a scene relatively early on in Hush, Hush where Patch dares
Nora to ride a roller coaster named The Archangel with him. Nora's
terrified of heights, but she accepts his dare because she's not about
to let him think she's intimidated or frightened by him. During the
ride, Nora's seatbelt comes undone and she flies out of the car,
falling, falling...

When I envisioned Hush, Hush's cover, I always came back to this
scene. It's a big scene in the book, not only because Nora is falling
to her death, but because it's also on this night that she falls for
Patch. When my editor asked for my thoughts on the cover during its
early development, I relayed to her the picture in my head – a black
sky with the lights of Delphic making silhouettes of ferris wheels and
roller coasters, and in the middle of it all, Nora's falling body. I
couldn't get away from the image of falling, since it plays such an
important role in the story, both literally and figuratively.

Since Nora is the main character and narrator of Hush, Hush, it never
occurred to me to tell Patch's story on the cover, and it wasn't until
after I'd seen James's early photos of the cover that I realized how
perfect the picture of Patch falling is. After all, it's that moment
– the moment Patch falls from grace – that sets in motion every other
event in the book, including the reason Nora and Patch's lives are
drawn irrevocably and dangerously together. Of course, if you want to
know the rest, you'll have to read the book!

For more Hush, Hush info, visit BeccaFitzpatrick.com

James's Inspiration Behind the Image:

Simon and Schuster asked me to make a photo illustration for the cover
of a 'supernatural teen love story'. This immediately got my attention
as I have an interest in bringing to life mythical characters and am a
sucker for teen romance. Reading the manuscript evoked dark haunting
images around the character of Patch, a fallen angel, and I began to
imagine a brooding black and white image of the moment when he is
thrust from heaven, his wings shredding on the way down. The sketch
below shows the initial idea which was submitted along with others. I
wanted the lighting, tonality, and mood to be dramatic, mysterious,
intense and above all, passionate! It was a great assignment.

For more info on James's work, visit JamesPorto.com


*Check back on Thursday night for some extracts from Becca's journal, chronicling the journey of her book cover, from concept to revelation.*


Chicklish said...

Ooh, that was fascinating! Thank you so much for this great feature!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

That made me want to read Hush, Hush even more than I already do! It's such a beautiful cover.

Steph Bowe said...

wow wow wow
I'm so glad you shared this, and the stories are so interesting.
I am so sold on this book.

Jo said...

I need this book. I wasn't all that interested in the book beforehand, but FALLEN ANGELS?! Wow. I need it! Great post, Jenny, so very interesting!

Thao said...

Way to go Jenny. I love this feature :)

21 said...

Wow. That seems to be the consensus on this post and this book, cover and all. Great feature and great spin!
There are some people I know who think that judging a book by its cover is practically a sin, but I have to disagree. If cover art wasn't important, then books would be sold naked, not wrapped in pretty jackets. And I think cover art is becoming a mainstream art form all on its own; it brings great art to the masses in a readily available form.

Sab H. said...

God, this cover is really amazing.. I had almost the same reaction as you when I first saw it.
Great Post!! Thanks for the inside scoop!

Steph Su said...

AHHHH, I'm giving you a hug from across the ocean! Thank you so much for doing this! This is without a doubt one of my favorite covers of all time, and I can't get enough of it. :)

Michelle said...

(Sorry, spelling error above. I had to delete it haha)Anyways,this is a really great post, very interesting to read. And of course, the cover is amazing. I love it.

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

That's a really cool behind the scenes feature! What an amazing picture.

Becca Fitzpatrick said...

Wait. I think I'm hallucinating. Did I leave a post here earlier? I could have sworn I did...I think I'm going crazy!!


Thank you Jen so much for this! I think I have a crush on James's illustration :)

La Coccinelle said...

That's such a cool cover. Who wouldn't want to read the book after seeing it?

21 said...

Haha! I'm with Becca, total cover crush!

pirate penguin said...

Wow. That's just beautiful. :)

Jessica Kennedy said...

Great feature!

Having read the book myself I think it's an amazing cover.

I only have an issue with the title though....my review will reflect this but overall this book rocked! :)

Kate said...

This was really interesting. I love this cover! I shall be back on Thusday :)

Anonymous said...

The cover was really cool... can't wait for it to be filmed... best seller... yahoo!!!!!

Anonymous said...

It was really an interesting cover huh?! Totally whats inside the book really rocks!!! Great book. HUSH,HUSH mania starting on :)

Anonymous said...

This book was great and could beat Twilight by far.
The only thing i wanted to know was, who is the model on the front cover. Im facinated :O
Can't wait for the second book. :D

Anonymous said...

Its a great cover! It made me want to buy it.

The model is Drew Doyon....he's super HOT!

Such a great book, I'm reading the sequel at the moment.