What does the cover for Lost in Crazytown tell us about the book?
It’s a very dark comedy. It’s based on our experiences working in Hollywood a couple of years ago. We lived in an apartment just off Hollywood Boulevard and I was always struck by the difference in the place during the day and night. By day it’s quite a sunny fun place, but at night the darkness falls and all the shops and bars that go unnoticed during the day open up with their seedy neon signs, and some very strange people prowl around. This kind of summed up Hollywood and our story. Scrape off the tinsel of tinsel town and what’s underneath is pretty scary.
What does it tell us about you and Ján?
Ooh, good question. I don’t know… Hopefully that we’ve written a fun entertaining book.
Was is it easy to design?
We have a super cover designer, Dan Bramall and he came up with the look of it based on discussions we had. One thing I sent him was the opening credits for the TV show Entourage, where the car cruises along Hollywood Boulevard in the dark. He went from there.
How many other cover designs did you discard on the way?
There were several variations on the final image, at first it was going to be a sign by a road and we saw different colours for the neon lights, but it pretty much stayed the same from the initial draft.
Having been through the process, what tips can you pass on about designing a cover?