Wednesday, June 11, 2008

An Interview with Nicola Martinez

Today I'm talking with Nicola Martinez, the editor for the Orchard Hill Romances and also the cover designer.

What role have you played in the Orchard Hill stories?

I just get to read and enjoy them. Kara Lynn does all the hard work. She's developed an entertaining series.

The covers for the stories are absolutely beautiful, even better than some of Angel Marcel's work. How do you do it?

You are too kind! I wanted there to be a continuity between the covers. Saving Gracie was the toughest, but after I focused on Gracie, I decided all the covers would focus on the heroine in each respective story with a little hint of what's between the pages as a backdrop for her.

I especially like the logo for the Orchard Hill stories. Where did you get the idea for it?

Thanks. I'm glad you like it so well! I knew the logo had to be an apple tree--we are in Orchard Hill, after all--and since the entire series revolves around our rival cupids, the arrow came into play.

As Ms. Russell's editor, do you have any inside information on the author? What is she like to work with? Any bad spelling? Missed deadlines? Poor grammar?

Kara Lynn is terrific to work with. She never misses a deadline, takes instruction so well, that each project comes in with less editing needed than the project before--not that she was ever "bad"--and she's a sweetheart personality. She's an editor's dream, is what she is.

Hmmm. I'm not sure I buy this. But never mind. Let's move on.

What do you like about being an editor?

There are many aspects to editing which I enjoy, but my greatest pleasure comes in being able to help an author see the fruition of his or her dream. It's a privilege to get to share in the excitement.

Who do you think will win the matchmaker's challenge, Pansy or Misty?

Ah, now you know I can't answer that. I can't play favourites. OK, maybe I'm leaning a little towards wait, Misty...See? I'm rooting for them both.


Cindy K. Green said...

Another great interview!

But I'm with Cora, I'm not sure I'm buying this sweetheart personality stuff either. ;)

Betsy Ann said...

Fun interview! Thanks for sharing =)

Cindy K. Green said...

I forgot to mention that I love all the covers, Nicola. Each one has its own sparkle!

Miss Mae said...

I really enjoyed this interview with Nicola. She's fabulous (though I may be a bit biased as she's done my covers!)

It was great to read of Orchard Hill too. Now, where did you say that free read was?????


Renee Knowles said...

Great interview--and the covers are absolutely fab!

Thanks for sharing.


Sarita Leone said...

A lovely interview! These are some gorgeous covers!

And happy release day Kara! Congratulations and best wishes for many, many sales! :)

Margaret Tanner said...

Great interview Kara, Nicola is certainly one talented lady. Your covers are georgeous to

Stacey Joy Netzel said...

I've been lucky to have Nicola do most of my covers, too. The Orchard Hill covers are beautiful! Love the story titles, too. :)

Nicola said...

Hey, Kara. Thanks for the interview. I've really enjoyed working with you on this series.

And, thanks to everyone for saying such nice things about the covers. I truly appreciate it.