Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Paperback winter


I got an email from Kate Clarke, the designer at Bloomsbury who works on my covers. She was sending me the proposed cover for the paperback of The Dead of Winter to ask what I thought.

The answer was that I thought it looked great. It will be out in October.

6 comments:

  1. My son is doing an arts award at school and has choosen yourself to talk about, he needs some information on your school life, what you studied and what you arts you liked. Also what training you undertook after school and when you feel you made it and how it made you feel. He also would like to know what you have to do on an average day. Many thanks if you have time to help or if you can direct us to a internet site or similar for the information. Thanks in anticipation Jill Halligan

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  2. Hi Drazen. It does look cold and scary! And quite right too: it's a cold and scary book.

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  3. Hi Jill. I can give you a little information here. I had always been good at art in school, right the way through. I went to secondary school in Newcastle-upon-Tyne (at Gosforth Grammar (later High) School) where I had very good art teachers. I did an Art GCE (as GCSEs were known back in the 1970s) and an A Level in Art. I then did a Foundation Course at Manchester Polytechnic (now Manchester Metropolitan University) and then studied for a BA (Hons)Graphic Design/Illustration. I moved to London and worked as a freelance illustrator for twenty years before staring a career as a writer. I'm not sure I ever felt I'd made it. Getting my first job was a big day though. I did not have an average day as an illustrator, but a typical day would entail someone calling from a newspaper at 11 and saying they needed an illustration by 3 in the afternoon. The article would not have been written and I would have to chat to a journalist to hear what they intended to write. I would fax a rough based on that conversation and then work like crazy to get it done before the messenger bike arrived at my studio door. Other days I would actually go in to a newspaper office and work there. This was all before email took off. Now I would send it as an email attachment. Over the years I worked for The Times, Sunday Times, Observer, Guardian, Independent, Independent on Sunday and many, many magazines and journals. For six years I worked for The Economist as one of a team of illustrators and I ended my newspaper career working as political cartoonist on The Independent. I rarely illustrate now, and pretty much only illustrate my own books. I paint and exhibit occasionally. If you need more, drop me a line via my agent or leave a comment with your contact details on it. All comments go into my email inbox and I won't publish your details on the blog.

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  5. I want "The Dead of Winter" in Italy. :(

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