5 Fun Facts about My Covers by Dianne Salerni
1. I’ll start with the cover of We Hear the Dead, which I admit was quite a shock for me. I wasn’t expecting this for a book about fraudulent spirit mediums in the 1850s. Women’s dresses were extremely modest in that time period, and spiritualists (even fake ones) would have worn somber clothing. This girl is dressed like a circus performer!
The “cover concept” behind the design is that the spooky title and font contrast sharply with the bright colors of the girl on stage. Readers are meant to know that “hearing the dead” is an act. Everybody except me really liked this cover, and I got used to it in time.
Both versions feature this photograph taken by my husband, Bob Salerni. If you look through the caged grave in the foreground, you’ll see the blurred images of my daughter squatting beside another tombstone and me, bending over to look at it with her.
Freelance artist Mike Heath created a cover that conveys a contemporary--but unpopulated--setting. The boy running through a portal hints at a fantasy or science fiction element to the story (even though there is no literal portal in the book). I adore the colors he used for the sky.