Back in the days of my teen life, I felt like I was endlessly waiting for everything! Waiting for my soul mate to find me, waiting for things to get better, and waiting for my real life to begin. The waiting was excruciating. This story reflects how painful it can be. So I knew that the title of Waiting for You would involve this concept of waiting in some way. The main character, Marisa, wants more than anything to connect with someone who gets her. She feels like she’s been waiting for her future boyfriend for so long.
Before I started writing books, I always thought that getting to come up with a brilliant title would be the easiest part. But actually? It’s way easier for me to write a book than to think of a title for it. The exception is my fourth book, Something Like Fate. That title came to me suddenly and I immediately knew it was meant to be. However, both When It Happens and Take Me There had different original titles. Take Me There was originally called My Way Home, but Penguin’s marketing team thought the title should be flashier. I wasn’t sure if they would like Waiting for You, so I’m thrilled that I got to keep the title. I’m completely certain that there’s a better title out there. I just don’t know what it is.
I absolutely love the cover of this book. My amazing cover designer at Viking Children’s Books (my hardcover imprint at Penguin), Sam Kim, has an amazing talent for reflecting the tone and emotions of a story with his art. I feel like he really captured the essence of my book. Waiting for You takes place in a small town on the water and Marisa spends lots of time on a dock she shares with her neighbor, Nash. So having Marisa and Nash on the dock, looking out at the water the way they are, is just perfect. Sam used a stock photo for the cover, then selected beautiful colors and fonts. I’m stoked.
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