Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Another Kate Morton book....looks amazing as always


FINAL LAKE HOUSE cover image

New York Times bestselling author Kate Morton is back on October 20th with THE LAKE HOUSE, a gorgeous and spellbinding tale of family secrets, intertwined destinies, and a lakeside estate in Cornwall, England. It’s an intricate and detailed novel, one that demands the right cover.
Lynn Buckley, a jacket designer, took on this challenge. Here’s what she had to say about creating the stunning, imagery-packed cover.

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Q: How did you come to work on this cover?

A: I was given the project by Albert Tang, the Art Director for Atria Books, whose work I have long admired; though I hadn’t yet had the opportunity to work with him. So I was excited about the book itself, but also was excited to work with Albert for the first time.

Q: Where did the inspiration come from?

A: I looked at the author’s previous covers in the US, and her previous covers in other countries. It’s interesting to see how other designers interpret the same book and author. Then I read the novel, and made note of the tone, and specifics, like what the house looked like and other visual elements in the novel. I also made note of any metaphors or aspects of the novel that might lead to a visual representation. I decided the cover might benefit from a female figure. The house was extremely important in the book. The protagonist is entwined with the house over many decades, and I wanted to convey that somehow.  Merging the two images of the woman and house came from that idea. The lake itself was also important, so I wanted to make sure water was also represented on the cover.

Q: How many design variations did you go through?

A: Quite a few—I tried a woman on her own, on a dock by a lake, without a house.  I also tried a few women in water–though they looked like they were drowning. Another variation included a drowned butterfly metaphor for the protagonist, who is age 14 at the start of the novel, and becomes somewhat stuck there due to events in her adolescence.

Q: What was the most difficult aspect of designing this cover?

A: Getting the basic design right was relatively easy, but getting the little details right was a bit more difficult. All the type on a cover has to be clearly readable, of course, and getting these images  to merge well with the type was a challenge.  Also, getting the house right was tricky. Though there are thorough descriptions in the book, everyone has a different picture in their head of what is in a novel. I had more of a castle-ish image in my head, but the house was more of an estate-house. So I had to keep getting rid of spires and towers!

THE LAKE HOUSE by Kate Morton
Atria Books | 512 pages | ISBN: 978-1-4516-4932-1 | October 20, 2015 | $28.00


From the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Secret Keeper and The Distant Hours, an intricately plotted, spellbinding new novel of heart-stopping suspense and uncovered secrets.

Living on her family’s idyllic lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented sixteen-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure…

One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest child, eleven-month-old Theo, has vanished without a trace. What follows is a tragedy that tears the family apart in ways they never imagined.

Decades later, Alice is living in London, having enjoyed a long successful career as an author. Theo’s case has never been solved, though Alice still harbors a suspicion as to the culprit. Miles away, Sadie Sparrow, a young detective in the London police force, is staying at her grandfather’s house in Cornwall. While out walking one day, she stumbles upon the old estate—now crumbling and covered with vines, clearly abandoned long ago. Her curiosity is sparked, setting off a series of events that will bring her and Alice together and reveal shocking truths about a past long gone…yet more present than ever.

A lush, atmospheric tale of intertwined destinies, this latest novel from a masterful storyteller is an enthralling, thoroughly satisfying read.

kate2015_park_tocamera_close_credit Davin Patterson

Kate Morton, a native Australian, holds degrees in dramatic art and English literature. She lives with her family in Brisbane, Australia.


  1. I LOVE her books.

    Thanks for stopping.

  2. Morton's covers are always stunning and while I've only read one so far I'm really looking forward to reading more of her books.

    1. My all-time favorite is THE FORGOTTEN GARDEN.

      Thanks for stopping, Katherine.

  3. This is an interesting guest post. I learned a bit about book design many years ago in a class I took. The cover's very lovely.

    1. Book design/covers always pull me in.

      Thanks for stopping, Suko.

  4. I love Kate Morton's books--she is a fabulous story teller. The covers to all of her books are just beautiful. This guest post was fascinating!

    1. I love her books and the covers.

      Amazing author.

      Thanks for stopping, Dorothy.

  5. Im so anxious for this one as well. I've never been disappointed by Morton.

    1. Me either....her books are always so good.

      I hope I get it for review. Or I may have to get it from the library.

      Thanks for stopping, Diane.

  6. I LOVE her novels! This was a definite pre-order for me and I'm so excited to read it. Thanks for the wonderful interview with the cover designer, it's fascinating to see what goes into designing a stunning cover like this.

    1. Her novels are just plain awesome. :)

      Simon & Schuster gave me this info for my blog. It is a great interview and a stunning cover.

      Thanks for stopping, Colleen.

  7. I always notice the covers of books, but haven't really thought about the process involved to get to the final result.
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

    1. I am a cover nut and always notice too.

      I didn't think about how the cover was designed either. :)

      Thanks for stopping, Diane.