The Hypnotic Secrets of the Cover for THE CURE FOR DREAMING

Two weeks ago, I was able to reveal the cover of my newest novel, The Cure for Dreaming, coming October 14, 2014, from Amulet Books/Abrams. You’ll be able to see the full cover at the end of this post, but first I’m sharing a pictorial journey of how this cover started and what the book’s designer, Maria T. Middleton, did to make it so mesmerizing.

First, she took an archival photograph that I sent her, which features a young hypnotized woman from the Victorian era . . .

(Note: This is only the right half of the original image. The full photo will wrap around the finished dust jacket and will appear in the interior pages.)

(Note: This is only the right half of the original image. The full photo will wrap around the finished dust jacket and will appear in the interior pages.) Photo courtesy Corbis/Bettmann.

. . . then she added her Maria T. Middleton magic to the image. She replaced the plain backdrop with a creepy Victorian pattern . . .

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Do you see the spooky faces? The skulls and crossbones?

. . . add selected a gorgeous Victorian-style font . . .

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. . . plus she added hypnotizing circles that radiate outward from the girl’s head. Those circles will turn into an eye-catching special effect on the finished dust jacket.

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Voilà! The full cover of The Cure for Dreaming:

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The synopsis:

Olivia Mead is a headstrong, independent girl—a suffragist—in an age that prefers its girls to be docile. It’s 1900 in Oregon, and Olivia’s father, concerned that she’s headed for trouble, convinces a stage mesmerist to try to hypnotize the rebellion out of her. But the hypnotist, an intriguing young man named Henri Reverie, gives her a terrible gift instead: she’s able to see people’s true natures, manifesting as visions of darkness and goodness, while also unable to speak her true thoughts out loud. These supernatural challenges only make Olivia more determined to speak her mind, and so she’s drawn into a dangerous relationship with the hypnotist and his mysterious motives, all while secretly fighting for the rights of women. Winters breathes new life into history once again with an atmospheric, vividly real story, including archival photos and art from the period throughout.

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About Cat Winters

Cat Winters’s critically acclaimed debut novel, IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS, was named a 2014 Morris Award Finalist, a 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, a 2013 Bram Stoker Award Nominee, and a School Library Journal Best Book of 2013. Her second novel, THE CURE FOR DREAMING, is a 2015 Amelia Bloomer Project Nominee and a 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominee. Her upcoming books include THE UNINVITED (William Morrow/2015) and THE STEEP AND THORNY WAY (Amulet Books/2016), and she’s a contributor to the 2015 YA horror anthology SLASHER GIRLS & MONSTER BOYS. Cat lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two kids. Visit her online at http://www.catwinters.com.

5 thoughts on “The Hypnotic Secrets of the Cover for THE CURE FOR DREAMING

  1. Rachel Larow says:

    Wow Cat, that cover is amazing! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Carol Riggs says:

    Fascinating how the cover evolved!! What a great end result. I’m glad you mentioned the creepy crossbone faces in the background, because I didn’t notice–WAY cool detail. Love the story idea too!

  3. lovingrob says:

    I love this, Cat. ❤ As you know, I cannot wait to read your book 😀 SO EXCITED. And the cover is so gorgeous. Sigh.

  4. Stephanie says:

    That cover is to die for!!! I cannot wait to read this book.

  5. Cat Winters says:

    Thank you for the book cover love and for the enthusiasm for the novel! I cannot wait to share this one with everyone! The designer, Maria, has also done a breathtaking job on the interior pages.

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