On Monday, we revealed the gorgeous cover for Cindy Arora’s debut, Heartbreak Cake, and today we’re featuring the artist who designed it, Amanda Mullins. I’ve been working with Amanda since the very inception of Simon & Fig. She designed not only my first book cover, but also the Simon & Fig logo. I love working with Amanda because, simply, we make a great team. I’ve been studying book cover design for many years – in a publisher kind of way. I have no design skills whatsoever, but I do have an ‘eye’ for good cover art.
I generally come up with a cover concept, and after discussing my ideas with the author, I give Amanda some direction about the type of cover I want, along with photos and examples of book covers I really like for inspiration. I usually pick the font for the title and author name, but other than that, all the creative work is on Amanda’s very talented shoulders. And she always delivers! I never know what exactly to expect, but I never doubt it will be fantastic! So, when it came time to design the cover for Heartbreak Cake, I was so excited to put Amanda to the task. Not only is she incredibly talented, but she also lives in Long Beach, California, where the book is set. So, I knew she’d really capture the spirit of the small beachside community, which also happens to double for Miami in films and TV shows (Dexter, anyone?). And boy, she nailed it!
Originally from a small town in Southern Oregon, Amanda is a versatile Artist and Musician who has always had a strong passion for the arts. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Costume and Make-up Design, she came to Los Angeles in 2001 to pursue the music scene. She has performed with acts such as Sounds of Asteroth, as well as an A cappella choir called Petra Haden and The Sell Outs. During her first years in Los Angeles, Amanda learned the trade of Graphic Design at a small film company. With growing clientele during 2008, Amanda became a full time freelance Graphic Artist while developing a line of handmade goods for Enchanted Revolution, her Etsy shop. Amanda has a wide variety of skills and clients, from book covers to clothing design in addition to painting and sculpting; she is always busy with a creative project, whether it is tailoring a piece to satisfy a client need or the pursuit of her personal projects and goals. She loves attending musical events and participating in gallery shows whenever she can. Currently, along with client work, Amanda designs for three clothing lines at a London based alternative clothing company. She resides in Long Beach where she enjoys working in the garden, cooking, and continuing to create art and write music.