The Build-Up Season Cover Reveal

I’ve finally been given the cover for my second book The Build-Up Season.

Love doesn’t even come close.

Here it is –


It’s out August 2017, and this is the blurb –

“Seventeen-year-old Iliad Piper – Ily for short – is named after war and angry at the world. Growing up with a violent father and abused mother, she doesn’t know how to do relationships, family or friends. Her love-hate friendship with Max turns into a prank war and she nearly destroys her first true friendship with misfit Mia. She takes off her armour for nobody, until she meets Jared, a local actor and someone who’s as complicated as she is.

From the author of Yellow comes a powerful exploration of family and identity set against the humid build-up to the wet season in Darwin.”

I grew up in Darwin and I love the way the pinks and yellows and purples in the cover perfectly reflects the top end sunsets. I love the defiant posture of Iliad alone on the park bench. I love the gritty messiness of the ink. I love the lightning and the rain that signifies the Northern Territory tropical storms, and all the metaphorical resonance that comes with that.

Most of all, I can’t wait for people to read the book, then they’ll see how this cover encapsulates the story.

I love it, and I hope audiences will love Iliad and her world as much as I do.

x m









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