March 31, 2008
Cover Model for DEEP IN THE HEART OF TROUBLE
We had so much fun interviewing the cover model for Courting Trouble, that I thought it would be fun to do it again for Deep in the Heart of Trouble. But, unless the model emails me to tell me she's on my book, I have no way of contacting her.
Imagine my surprise, then, when I found out last month that Carissa Points, the afternoon receptionist at Bethany House, was the cover model! (I'm sure you can see from her photo why the Art Designer, Jennifer Parker, asked her if she'd model--she's beautiful! And sweet, too!)
Anyhoo, I immediately contacted her and asked her if she would be game for an interview. She very graciously said she would. So ... may I introduce you to Carissa Points.
How did the opportunity for you to model for the cover of DEEP IN THE HEART OF TROUBLE come about?
Well, I actually work for Bethany House Publishers. I’m the Rights Assistant and I’m also the afternoon Receptionist. One afternoon Jenny came up to me and asked me if I would be up for helping them with a book cover by possibly being on it. I said sure and a few days later Jenny had everything set up, and just like that I was balancing on a bike getting my picture taken!
Have you been on the cover of other books or is this your first?
This was my first book cover. However, after shooting the cover for Deep in the Heart of Trouble, Jenny asked me to help her out with another cover, the repackage of A Searching Heart by Janette Oke. So I’m on one other cover as well.
What was involved with this shooting? Can you walk us through it?
Well, we shot the photos at a studio in downtown Minneapolis. As soon as we got there I went through the process putting the dress on, and we did finishing touches with hair, make-up, jewelry… Then I got to observe as Jenny [the designer], Paul [the art director] and the photographer decided how the bike should be positioned, how I should be positioned and so on. Once they had that figured out, they had to devise a way to get me (in the very full, very heavy dress and heels) up onto the high seat of the bike.
They ended up putting a wooden crate next to the bike and, with the help of several people, I managed to get seated on the bike. Finally up there, I had to balance for quite awhile as Paul and Jenny (and a few assistants) pinned the dress just so, positioned the veil, and set my feet on the pedals, my hands on the handlebars … After they had everything to their liking, they started taking the photos. It took a few hours, but eventually they got all the shots they wanted.
When you modeled for this cover, had you already read Courting Trouble?
Yes, and it was great!
Anything funny or out of the ordinary happen while shooting this cover?
One moment more than any other really sticks out in my mind, and I’m pretty sure this would qualify as a funny moment! We were in the middle of the shoot, actually taking pictures when the photographer asked me to lean forward a little more and turn so that I was looking back. I was already precariously perched on that bike, but when I tried to follow the photographer’s directions, the bike (and me on it!) tipped right over! Luckily, I was able to unearth my foot from beneath all those skirts to stop my descent before I would have face-planted on the studio floor. lol. Let’s just say that I was a little shaky after that and someone had to physically hold up the bike from the front for me!
How did you ride a bicycle during the shoot?
The bike was actually stationary the entire time of the shoot. There was a stand that the front tire was put in to hold it up and to keep it from moving. Apparently back when this bike was made (late nineteenth- early twentieth century, I think?) kick stands weren’t invented yet!
Tell us about the wedding dress.
Warm. Heavy. Beautiful. It was a very intricate dress. There were layers and layers of underskirts, and the top layers were a satin underlay and a lace overlay. You can see on the cover that the lace had some beautiful detail and flower patterns, especially on the front, the sleeves and the bottom of the skirt. And WOW, the skirt on that thing was HUGE! I remember at one point during the pinning up process, people actually disappeared beneath it! That was a little awkward! lol
How many different poses were there?
There were quite a few different poses on the bike that were minimally different. Looking forward or back, and leaning certain ways. They did totally mix it up at the end by having me get off the bike and stand next to it, like I was walking along with it.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Not really, just that it was a great experience!
Thanks to Carissa for this wonderful insight into the world of cover-making! She may be lurking, so if you have any questions, perhaps she'll come out of hiding and answer them for you (if she has time).
Within the next couple of weeks we will be interviewing Jennifer Parker--the gal who actually designed the cover. So, stay tuned.
DON'T FORGET: Anyone who leaves a comment on our blog this week has a chance to win an Advanced Reading Copy of DEEP IN THE HEART OF TROUBLE. We will hold a drawing on Friday, then start all over again. (See all the details on the previous post.)
THE CHAT ROOM IS BACK! IT IS UP! AND IT IS WORKING PROPERLY!
PRAISE THE LORD!!
by Deeanne on 03/31/2008
April Feagley said...
I love visiting your blog and your chat room! I cannot wait to read Deep in the Heart of Trouble. Thank you so much for having this wonderful website.
I'm so glad that so far the two people you've interviewed were fun! I would be so sad if they were not. Kinda ruin it. :)
There's an actual dress??? I wanna know if Carissa would enjoy being a model full-time, now that she's had those experiences.
I was wondering if this puts Carissa on the inside track for the starring role in Deep In the Heart of Trouble movie?I would leave a witty comment but I gotta go...Dancing With the Stars beckons!!! OOOOhhhhhh the drama!!!!
oh, that was so interesting. Thanks for the insight!
and movies?!?! what a WONDERFUL idea.
I want a "Bride" movie and I want it now!
Donna De For said...
I'd like to add that Carissa is just as beautiful inside as she is outside.
Also, I'm very anxious to start reading this sequel to "Courting Trouble." You're the BEST, Dee!
For those of you who don't know Donna, she works with the Art Director at Bethany House. So, she knows Carissa!
I love the art design on all of Deeanne's books. They are truly amazing. I tend to lean more towards books with interesting covers.
By the way... Carissa your hair is gorgeous!
Hi all! Yes, Barb, that is a real dress and it looked exactly like it does on the book cover...no editing. About the full-time modeling, while it was fun, I don't see it in my future. :) And thank you Mary, for your comment!
It's nice talking to you all! I'll be around! Oh, and Dee, I love your whole website!
Ohhhhhh! In the midst of a model! I feel important! :) Carissa you did a great job, I think that is my favorite cover so far! Guess what people! CHAT IS BACK!!!!!!
I love hearing these inside stories of the cover models. What do the rest of us have to do to become one? :) Have any of the other Bethany House staff been on the covers of their books?
Dee, are you planning to do a third book in the Trouble Triology? It should be called Lookin'for a Little Trouble.
Sylvia - The Trouble books are not a series, I"m afraid. Just a prequel and a sequel.
As far as cover models from Bethany House goes, I know that Tracie Peterson wrote her upcoming release with her editor's features in mind. Then, she cajoled her editor into being on the cover!
The name of that book is A LADY OF SECRET DEVOTION. The gal on the cover (Sarah Long) is not only Tracie's editor--she is also my editor's (David Long's) wife!! So, it's all in the family!
The book will be out this summer.
I wanna know who gets to keep the dress now! What a great job, that Carissa would get such creativity opportunities!
Considering the evident inner and outer beauty of your cover models, it's pretty accurate to "judge your books by their covers"! Great interview!
Awwww, Cat. That's so sweet!!
Barb, I've threatened to make the dresses as part of my contract, but my manager doesn't think I'm serious. And, truly, where would I wear them? But, oh, they are gorgeous!
DEE!!! BARB!!! DEB!!! ANGELA!!! JENSTER!!! The chat room is back!!! I didn't take it! Why when I went to it did it have me as an EX-Member? It won't even let me log in! PLEASE!!! LET ME IN!!! I'm INNOCENT I TELL YA!!! AMY and ABBY did it!!! (ok...seriously though)....why am I an ex-member? did I do something wrong? Is it a 'puter gremlin? HELP!!!!!!!!
How interesting. I always wondered how book covers got designed. Great interview.
Dee - I always love your covers. This one is so cool because we can see a smile!
Boots, Your sins WILL find you out! You will be a member again if you give back all the stolen conversation that are missing... what do you say? You GIVE up? LOL! =P
Dee knows about the weirdness happening on the chat forum. They're working on it...
Deb...MY SINS??? Abby done CONFESSED that AMY did it.***confidence coming back***......Carissa...just wanted to let you know that I took my thumb and covered up the top of your head in the pic on this blog...and guess what I saw...Essie's sweet smile!!! It's nice to know how the cover came about...and was shot...and by the way....NO matter what anyone in here tells you...I DID NOT push over your bike during the shoot! (I get blamed for everything around here...sad thing is I enjoy it...especially if it makes someone smile).
That was NOT me! **trying to make some silly excuse**That was some weird out-of-body experience that you would hear about on the discovery channel. No, definatly not me. I, in my right mind, made no such confession! I blame Amy and Boots! They're in it together and framing me! DDEEEEEEEEEE!!!! Make him stop! Go sit him in a corner or something. Naughty Boots.
OK...It wasn't me and Abby says it wasn't her....that only leaves AMY!!!You ALWAYS have to watch out for the shy quiet types.(notice she hasn't posted anything in her defense)***Said with that Sherlock Holmes smirk***
For some reason I feel like laping up milk out of a bowl in a corner somewhere...hhhmmmmmmmmmm...must be an out of body experience you hear about on discovery or something...lol!
loves books said...
I really want to read the sequel to Courting Trouble. I don't know if I can wait till summer. :]
Hummmmm.....where DID Amy go? She must have run away after we found her out! That's why the Chat room isn't working right. She was trying to give it back (she was feeling guilty of doing it and blaming it on us), but got scared, so she ran away. CALL OUT THE DOGS!!! We have to find her!!! Oh, Boots, suggest you stop acting like a cat when the dogs come, they might get confussled. Just a tip. :p
I love your books; can't wait to read Deep in the Heart of Trouble. Signed up for your newletter as well. Thanks for the insight on how the cover got made.
"confussled" sounds like a Willy Wonka word..LOL!!! Or maybe Dr Suess...LOL!!! Maybe Dee could incorperate it into one of her books?!? A Bride Most Confussled anyone??? hehehe
This was really good and I don't usually post things like this I get in my email...but this one I had to share...
LORD, PROP US UP...
Every time I am asked to pray, I think of the old deacon who
always prayed, "Lord, prop us up on our leanin' side."
After hearing him pray that prayer many times, someone asked
him why he prayed that prayer so fervently.
He answered, "Well sir, you see, it's like this...I got an old barn
out back. It's been there a long time; it's withstood a lot of
weather; it's gone through a lot of storms, and it's stood for
It's still standing. But one day I noticed it was leaning to
one side a bit.
So I went and got some pine poles and propped it up on its
leaning side so it wouldn't fall.
Then I got to thinking about that and how much I was
like that old barn. I've been around a long time.
I've withstood a lot of life's storms. I've withstood a lot
of bad weather in life, I've withstood a lot of hard times,
and I'm still standing too. But I find myself leaning to one
side from time to time, so I like to ask the Lord to prop us
up on our leaning side, 'cause I figure a lot of us get to
leaning at times.
Sometimes we get to leaning toward anger, leaning toward
bitterness, leaning toward hatred, leaning toward cussing,
leaning toward a lot of things that we shouldn't . So we need
to pray, 'Lord, prop us up on our leaning side, so we will
stand straight and tall again, to glorify the Lord.'"
If she uses "confussled", I totally get a ARC, right? I think I should copywrite it so ya can't use it without my persmission. haha I take bribes (oohhhhhh, I want an ARC and a book, autographed of course, for every book Dee writes when they come out!)!! Can you copywrite a word? I hope so! lol I love that story, Boots.
Purely Sony said...
Carissa is one lucky gal and she is very pretty too! Great interview btw! I must say, I love the cover; it's very beautiful and very fitting for Essie. I can't wait to read Deep In The Heart Of Trouble!!! *sigh*
HEY ABBY...if you win you will have to share that ARC or autograph with me...it was MY suggestion....hehehe...and it would make the Good Lord SMILE!!! Besides ...if you DON'T...I'm gonna have to ask the Lord to prop up my leaning side...LOL!!!
*annoyed sigh* Fine, but only cause I'm a good Christian person. lol I'll read the ARC, then send it to you, deal? But, I get to keep the autograph! Or we can switch, for you book I'll read the ARC, send it to you, you send it back, then when the book comes out you can have that! So one year, I get the book and you get the ARC, then the next you get the book and I get the ARC. Sound good? The one thing is I get to read it first, cause I'm the girl. lol Don't worry, I'm a fast reader.
The Chat Room is back up and operational. Thanks so much for your patience!!
I'm SO GLAD that the chat room is back. I had a little panic attack when it wouldn't let me log on, and I thought about how long it took me to earn my four stars, lol! ;)
The cover is SO PERFECT, as was the lovely Carissa modeling for the cover. LOVE LOVE LOVE that she is riding a bike in a wedding dress in this sequel...can't WAIT to read the book!
I'm with Barb...what's going to happen to that gorgeous dress? Did it belong to someone? Will it belong to someone? (Perhaps your future daughter in law, Dee?) Was it borrowed?
I can't wait to hear who the winners were for the Oil Company names contest!
Frame the dress and put it on your office wall, Miz Dee. Seriously!
sue from missouri said...
Cant wait till June the first!!!!! Loved all you books and also enjoyed reading about the model for the front cover of the new book! Keep up all your great work! God Bless you always
Carla Gade said...
That was so much fun to hear about!
Thanks for giving us the inside scoop on the book cover.
Can't wait to read the inside!!!
I am forever eyeing the bookshelves to see if Dee has put out something new. I am excited that I don't have to wait much longer!
Jennifer Fleming said...
Wow, thanks for the great interview! I love that dress!! Thank you for the marvelous books Deeanne! I work in a bookstore, and I love recommending them to my customers. They always come back wanting more. : )
Joh F. said...
I hope Deep In The Heart of Trouble is as good as Courting Trouble. I am thouroughly excited to read it.
I didnt think that that I would be able to wait a year when I closed Courting Trouble but here we are and I cannot believe that the time has gone so fast!I am looking forward to getting to the bottom of this story by one of my favorite authors.
I am so excited about the sequel. Gist has become my favorite Christian fiction author because I'm tired of cliché endings and characters that are so saintly that I can't identify with them. Thanks for writing about characters I can relate to and situations that Christians genuinely face.
can't wait to read your new book. Courting trouble was the first book I read of yours ( I had never heard of you, sorry) I read Christian fiction all the time. But after reading Courting Trouble, I read The Measure of a Lady in 2 days. Now I need to go buy A Bride Most Begrudging, you made me a fan of yours.
Love your books, helped me get threuhe wicked winter this year!! Can hardly wait for more!!!! S in Illinois
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