Lucy’s covers have always been a big hit with her readers but for her new book One Night in Italy
we knew we wanted to gives things a fresh twist. There’s definitely mileage in the phrase ‘If it ain’t broke…’ but with so many beautiful covers and innovative designs out there, neither can you rest on your laurels in publishing. So designer Jo and I got thinking…
First of all, having all things Italian as a theme was a real gift for the cover design! The idea of using spaghetti and pasta shapes decoratively came up early on and made for beautiful illustrations, as well as fitting in with the novel’s storyline (no spoilers!). It was actually Lucy and her agent Lizzy who suggested we make the spaghetti curl round into a heart shape and it works a treat. (Thanks both!)
We’d had lots of white or light backgrounds to Lucy’s books previously, so again we wanted to try something new colour-wise and with ‘Night’ in the title, and wanting to evoke balmy summer evenings, we came to the lovely rich blue on the finished cover.