Magic Under Glass Cover
"I know some people are waiting for me to say something on the issue of my cover. I have thought long and hard about my thoughtful response, but the more I consider it, the more I think...
My writing is my voice. My stories are about accepting your fellow man or woman, about how love is the most powerful force in the universe. I do truly understand why some people are upset by my cover. However, Nimira is from a fictional land which is not meant to be a parallel to a specific country in our world. Her culture has elements, such as costume and music, that might be drawn from Eastern European, Asian and Roma cultures, and I love that readers are interpreting her look in different ways.
I definitely don't want to tell people how to feel. I have no problem with anyone getting impassioned about a cause. But a writer is the only thing I've wanted to be all my life, it's an outlet for a girl who is often timid to express her soul. If you want to know how I feel about acceptance, love, and diversity, it is in my books. I'm glad the story has spoken to many readers. I believe that young readers crave books with ALL kinds of heroes, and the surest way we can satisfy that need is to support books that make heroes out of diverse characters. I do hope that you'll give Nimira and her story a chance, and that you'll love her as much as I do."
Leave her be.
She's not THE ONE.
Yeah, I said it. Maybe you were looking for another Justine Larbalastier, or even the teen book activist Ari. But the author who wrote the above statement is just a writer doing what she loves. Which is writing. She didn't sign on to be a voice for a cause.
It's ironic though, because due to the controversy, that's how I'd learned about her. And before her statement, I was going to rush out to buy her book. Now, I'm more like mehhh...
I was going to buy it because I didn't want her harmed with all the controversy. And I'd even checked out her website, getting all excited because she sketches her characters like I do (I saw her early version of Nimira, and let's just say boy am I glad I went with a no boycott vote early on)and I really thought her book trailer was good.
Now, with her, "but the more I consider it, the more I think..."
As I read her whole measured, wonderfully PR polished statement, and after checking out her blog messages...I've even posted a couple of times. I guess if I were into politricks, I'd be considered an independent, because I've made the rounds, checked out other blogs, read pro and con. Posted on a few. And as you can see from this site, I'm no blogger.
Anyway, using the author as the definitive statement on this (half of this anyway, because I know some people are still mad about the LIAR cover) since that's part of it.
The more I consider it, the more I think...
"Maybe your ball rolled into the wrong yard"
???? Yeah, that was my first thought when I saw it posted in the author's comments section. That and another post about people having an "agenda" geessh, plus a few other posts that made me go hmmm, better not park it here.
Crazy week this week. Let's move on, shall we?