First Daughter: Extreme American Makeover

I just received the galleys of the first novel in my YA series about Sameera Righton, First Daughter: Extreme American Makeover (Dutton, June 2007). Isn't the cover girl GORGEOUS? She's Pakistani-American, like Sameera. I submitted the plot treatment for this book two years ago, before Senator McCain had become a forerunner on the Republican side, and knew nothing about Bridget, his daughter who was adopted from Mother Teresa's orphanage in Kolkata. (I know, I know, nobody's going to believe me ... sigh.)

As soon as I learned about Bridget, I wrote McCain's office to tell them about the book, worried that I might be perceived as trying to capitalize on the hardships they've already faced as a mixed-race family. His "people" (an intern, I think) wrote back with warm encouragement, and even asked for a copy of the galleys. Dutton just sent a couple to Arizona, and I hope 15-year-old Bridget gets to read one; I'd LOVE to hear what she thinks.

Of course, I'm not sure if it will help or hurt the series if McCain stays ahead in the game. What? Yes, of course I care more about the nation and planet than I do about my books, but this is the Fire Escape, people, the one place I get to whine about my writing in peace.

Comments

Pooja said…
Congrats, Mitali. I'll be posting the book description and cover at my bibliography soon. Any chance you might be able to send me a review copy?
Christy Lenzi said…
Beautiful!
J. L. Bell said…
Is that the shy, bookish Sameera I read about? Oh, right—she's had a makeover!
Lisa Yee said…
Great cover, and wonderful that McCain's office was encouraging!
Little Willow said…
Kudos and congrats in finding a cover model that represents your main character so well, and yay for the support from the McCain staff. It's nice to see a cover with a teen girl who is dressed "trendy not trashy," as my teen customers (I'm a bookseller) and I often discuss.
Mitali Perkins said…
Pooja, consider it done, and thanks to the rest of you for your words of encouragement. Welcome fuse number 8 readers!