27th January, 10:30
ARE THE CAPS LOCKS COMING OFF AS EXCITEMENT? NO? THEY’RE ANNOYING? OH OK, I’ll stop. Sorry. Ah! I just cannot wait to share this with you all.
The cover for my book took a little while to perfect. The publishers and I went in with very open minds; we wanted to see what the artist was going to come up with off her own back. And I think, to be honest, that we maybe should have narrowed things down a little more for her.
Because even if you say ‘run wild’, ‘use your imagination’, ‘I have no idea what I want my book to look like!’ – you do secretly have kinda an idea of what you want your book to look like. And denying that will just slow the process down.
So, after a couple of no-go’s, we got this beauty back.
And. I. Love. It.
For those that aren’t 100% sure of the concept, let me remind you of the story:
What happens when we die? Is this really all there is? What exists beyond this life?
Alex Duncan is just an ordinary 14 year old boy. His main worries are homework, girls, the school bully…
…and his sister, Jenna who has ovarian cancer, stage B.
As his parents retreat into themselves, Alex is desperate to find a way to help, a way to make things better for his sister.
After all, it’s the not knowing that’s the worst thing.
Whilst he tries to untangle the ultimate question, life still goes on: his best friend seems oblivious to his feelings about her, the school bully has taken a special interest in him, and everything he does just makes him feel more and more awkward and out of place.
Georgia Springate’s debut novel, Beyond, is a funny and touchingly compelling coming-of-age story about love, loss and discovery. Read it and take an emotional journey through one boy’s quest to understand that most tricky of questions: what lies beyond?
I hope you love the cover just as much as I do! I personally think it captures the book really well without giving too much away. If you have any opinions, I’d love to hear your thoughts; as always, please drop them below.
And without further ado: enjoy