September 17, 2012

Jill Baguchinsky Answers Her Favorite Question

Spookygirl Today debut author Jill Baguchinsky is guest blogging!  Her debut novel, SPOOKYGIRL: Paranormal Investigator, was released by Dutton last month.  Before that, the manuscript won the 2001 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.  Now it's a good choice for a fun read as Halloween grows ever closer.  (It's also less fattening than gorging on candy corn and the Reese's shaped like pumpkins.  Not that any of us ever do that.)

Without any further ado, here's Jill!


My Favorite Question

I knew publishing a novel would lead to being asked plenty of questions, but I never could have predicted the one I get most frequently about SPOOKYGIRL: PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR. Is it something to do with where I got a particular idea, or how long it took me to write the book?

Nope. Over and over I'm asked if that's me on the cover.

The answer: It's definitely not, but thank you. I'm flattered.

I adore SPOOKYGIRL's cover. The first time I saw it was right after the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award ceremony in Seattle . SPOOKYGIRL had just won in the young adult fiction category. As soon as the winners were announced, Amazon listed our novels for pre-order -- but I didn't know that at the time. I was on the shuttle back to the hotel when I got a message from my brother's friend, who said he'd just ordered my book.

...Wait, what??

I brought up Amazon on my phone's browser and did a search, and there it was -- my book, complete with cover art. The design wasn't finalized, but I approved of what I saw -- a long-haired teenage girl smirking and posing boldly in front of a foreboding bank of stormclouds. I liked that the girl's face was only partially visible; that choice left some of her appearance up to the reader's imagination. More importantly, what I could see of her looked almost eerily like the image of Violet I've had in my head since I wrote SPOOKYGIRL's first draft.

My publisher eventually decided to finalize the design with a few small tweaks. The colors were adjusted a bit. Violet's hair was darkened, and the original green necklace was replaced with a purple one to match her favorite color. (Personally, I would have gone with a black tourmaline stone instead to match the one Violet carries, but that's my only quibble.)

Never once did I expect to be mistaken for the girl on the cover. Okay, there are a few similarities. The hair, for one -- I do have long dark hair that I often straighten. And I guess there's something similar about her smile. Maybe the cover art's version of Violet could be my niece.

She's not me, though. My only spot on the cover is in the author photo on the dust jacket flap.

But I'll never get tired of fielding that question.


  1. I do really like this cover. Fun post. I would never have thought that was a question people asked her often...not a bad one though! :)


    1. I must admit, in my head authors do look like the cover images.

  2. Haha, that's an awesome question! I don't know of any other authors who've been asked that.

    1. Maybe that should be an interview question. "Does anyone expect you to look like the model on your cover?"

  3. Sounds like a great interview question!! And, I very much like both the cover and the title *SPOOKYGIRL* .... almost as well I like Reese's pumpkins :D lol

    1. Reese's pumpkins are awesome. The cover is very atmospheric, isn't it?

  4. Thanks so much for having me! (And oh, you just had to mention those Reese's pumpkins, didn't you?...)

    1. You're welcome! Thank you for visiting.

      It's hard to forget those pumpkins, this time of year. Yum.


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