More About the Cover of THE WALLS AROUND US

I was so thrilled to share the gorgeous cover of my new novel, The Walls Around Us, which was revealed on Tumblr Books (the first-ever cover reveal by Tumblr!) earlier this week, on August 4! This author couldn’t be happier:

This is a novel about killer ballerinas, a girls’ juvenile detention center, and yes, ghosts. It’s told in two voices, one still living, and one long dead. And it’s very me, in all the ways a novel can belong to a writer, so I think fans of Imaginary Girls and/or 17 & Gone are really going to like this and see how all of these books connect and feed off one another. When talking cover art with my editor, I truly had no idea what to suggest. I’m no cover designer—and I like to keep my mind open and blank for the space where the cover will one day be, so I don’t get my heart set on anything too specific.

And yet I knew I didn’t want a girls’ face on the cover. I didn’t want a photograph at all really, at least nothing too specific. I didn’t want a dirty ballet slipper or an orange jumpsuit behind bars or a coil of barbed wire. I wanted something that translated the mood and voice of the book into an image that would be striking enough to call readers closer… Not that I had any worldly idea what that might be.

When Algonquin emailed me this cover image to ask what I thought, I was stunned to delicious silence and then began smiling like a maniac. It was everything I wanted but didn’t know how to put to words. It is EXACTLY right. It speaks to the kind of writing inside the book, and to the twisty slope of the story you’ll be reading. It feels timeless to me. It feels so very evocative. It feels like a book for YA readers and for adult-fiction readers, too—which is important to me. And it will resonate even more once you’ve read the story and know why the artwork of the flowering vines was chosen.

The designer, Connie Gabbert, could not have done any better—and I am so honored and thrilled to have this cover on my book! I couldn’t love it more. Thank you, Algonquin and Connie! And thank you, Tumblr Books, for sharing in my celebration and revealing the cover to your followers!

Now that you see my cover, I hope this entices you to pick up the book on March 24, 2015! If you are a reviewer or media person, you should know that ARCs will be available THIS month—as in very soon, as in August—and you should get in touch with my publisher, Algonquin Young Readers, to get a hold of one.

People have been asked if I will be doing an ARC giveaway. It depends on how many ARCs I get, but yes… I am pretty sure I will be able to part with one. Stay tuned!

“Young writers should read books past bedtime and write things down in notebooks when they are supposed to be doing something else.”
— Lemony Snicket (via soulsscrawl)

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Anonymous asked:

Hey Nova :) First: I really really love the cover of your new book! And I cannot wait to read it. Second: is there any chance that you'll be giving away arcs to readers outside from the US?

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Thanks! I love the cover of the new book too! (Pinching myself.) The ARCs of The Walls Around Us will be ready *this* month… as in very soon. Like maybe even this week or next. I don’t have any yet myself though. If I get more than a couple, I could be persuaded to do an international ARC giveaway yes. :) We’ll have to see how many my publisher sends me!

“It’s OK not to be a genius, whatever that is, if there even is such a thing…the creative life may or may not be the apex of human civilization, but either way it’s not what I thought it was. It doesn’t make you special and sparkly. You don’t have to walk alone. You can work in an office — I’ve worked in offices for the past 15 years and written five novels while doing it. The creative life is forgiving: You can betray it all you want, again and again, and no matter how many times you do, it will always take you back.”

Lev Grossman, "How Not to Write a Novel"

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First pass page proofs of THE WALLS AROUND US just arrived! Look at the title page! (I won’t be able to read this for at least 24 hours… too nervous and excited. This is the last chance to make changes. MY LAST CHANCE.) #OrangeIsTheNewBlackSwan

books:

Here it is, for the first time anywhere: The BEAAUUUUTIFUL cover design for Nova Ren Suma’s new YA novel The Walls Around Us!

It’s a ghostly story of suspense involving a young dancer and a girls’ juvenile detention center—just think of it as “Orange Is the New Black Swan.” We can’t wait!

THIS happened yesterday! Here’s the cover, and the book will be out March 24, 2015!

books:

Here it is, for the first time anywhere: The BEAAUUUUTIFUL cover design for Nova Ren Suma’s new YA novel The Walls Around Us!

It’s a ghostly story of suspense involving a young dancer and a girls’ juvenile detention center—just think of it as “Orange Is the New Black Swan.” We can’t wait!

I am so thrilled to show you this! It’s here! The cover of my new book! This is THE WALLS AROUND US and this cover is absolutely everything I was hoping for without even knowing how to articulate. (Algonquin somehow psychically knew!)

Do you want to know, too, more of what the book is about apart from the Orange Is the New Black Swan hint-hint? Here is the summary!

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Ori’s dead because of what happened out behind the theater, in the tunnel made out of trees. She’s dead because she got sent to that place upstate, locked up with those monsters. And she got sent there because of me.”

The Walls Around Us is a ghostly story of suspense told in two voices—one still living and one long dead. On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement. On the inside, within the walls of a girls’ juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom. Tying these two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries.

We hear Amber’s story and Violet’s, and through them Orianna’s, first from one angle, then from another, until gradually we begin to get the whole picture—which is not necessarily the one that either Amber or Violet wants us to see.

Nova Ren Suma tells a supernatural tale of guilt and innocence, and what happens when one is mistaken for the other.

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What do you think of the cover? I hope you love it, too!

Cover reveal today!

algonquinyoungreaders:

Today is the day!  Just a few short hours until the GORGEOUS cover of Nova Ren Suma’s The Walls Around Us will be revealed on books.tumblr.com.  Stay tuned…

Today!! The idea of having a book out in the world will feel so much more real to me after this happens! Hope you love the cover as much as I do!

books:

Big news! In one week we’ll be holding the first-ever books.tumblr.com cover reveal! Check back next Monday, August 4, for the exclusive debut of the cover for Nova Ren Suma’s new YA novel The Walls Around Us. 
We’re hearing lots of great buzz about this new one from the author of Imaginary Girls and 17 & Gone. It’s a ghostly story of suspense involving a young dancer and a girls’ juvenile detention center—just think of it as “Orange Is the New Black Swan.” 

books:

Big news! In one week we’ll be holding the first-ever books.tumblr.com cover reveal! Check back next Monday, August 4, for the exclusive debut of the cover for Nova Ren Suma’s new YA novel The Walls Around Us.

We’re hearing lots of great buzz about this new one from the author of Imaginary Girls and 17 & Gone. It’s a ghostly story of suspense involving a young dancer and a girls’ juvenile detention center—just think of it as “Orange Is the New Black Swan.” 

algonquinyoungreaders:

Here’s the LAST teaser from Nova Ren Suma’s The Walls Around Us!  Catch the cover reveal TOMORROW on books.tumblr.com. (Can you tell that we’re excited?)

algonquinyoungreaders:

Here’s the LAST teaser from Nova Ren Suma’s The Walls Around Us!  Catch the cover reveal TOMORROW on books.tumblr.com. (Can you tell that we’re excited?)