How many of us would show first drafts of our work? The thought makes writers cringe, and yet bloopers everywhere else – on TV, in movies, on the radio and on photo shoots – are funny and popular.
A lot of people ask me about the Bella cover. Some think it bears a resemblance to the other Bella, the one with all the biting. I had never seen the hands holding the Twilight apple when we went into production.
I believe hands are very expressive. They reveal emotions ranging from joy to anxiety. My Bella has lost her husband overseas. The military tells her one story; an anonymous caller tells her the official version is a lie.
All she gets back of her husband is the tattered remains of his Army uniform. As Bella grieves and tries to uncover the truth, she must also care for her young daughter. She seeks help from many quarters, including her congressman.
All this had to be conveyed in the cover. Official Washington was easy to portray, but those hands – they had to be perfect. I looked at many pairs before the right ones showed up two Thanksgivings ago. We were at my sister-in-law’s home. My younger daughter was carving tomatoes. I glanced up and realized I had my hands.
The photo shoot was an interesting father-daughter affair. I went to her house and we took probably took 130 pictures of her hands high, low, inside, outside – you name it, we tried it. It wasn’t until she was stomach down on the dining room table that I got my shot. I went on the floor and shot up. She played along, and even gave a thumbs-up when I stepped and took the shot you see above. A talented designer named Josh Redmond put it all together.
I’m not asking to see your early drafts, but if you have a good cover story, please share.