Q & A with Jaya Miceli by Shayla Bond
Jaya Miceli is an Art Director for Simon & Schuster imprint, Scribner. Among her designs includes the covers for Zoey Leigh Peterson's Next Year For Sure, Katie Kitamura's A Separation, and Charles Lambert's The Children's Home. Miceli was kind enough to answer a few questions for Spine.
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As the millions of readers who devoured The Girl on the Train know, author Paula Hawkins is very good at messing with your perception—and she does it again in her new novel, Into the Water, which she says is about “sisters who have a very messy history” and two women who turn up dead, weeks apart, at the bottom of a river.
“It’s rich and creepy and suspenseful,” says Jaya Miceli, the designer who brought Hawkins’ literary sleight of hand to life on the book jacket. To get “the story’s murkiness and beauty to come through,” she placed the text under a fish tank and photographed it through the water. But then she did something else. Look closely at the cover below: Do you notice the blurred outlines of a woman’s face in the depths? “We didn’t want something you can see immediately,” Miceli says. “But when you see it, you can’t unsee it.” Just like a great Paula Hawkins twist.
Scribner Magazine: A Life in Publishing
This fall Scribner was thrilled to welcome Jaya Miceli to the team as the imprint’s art director. With well over a decade of book design under her belt, we were curious to learn more about her life in book publishing as a designer. Here, she reveals her process as a designer, her most embarrassing job, and what jackets she has been working on for Scribner.