Designer and Book Cover Model: Ashley Lopez’s Grand Experiences on Team Jack
Ashley Lopez’s work on Team Jack has allowed her and her husband to be models for the cover of a New York Times bestselling book. As a graphic designer for Marie, her work is also seen by thousands of readers and allows her great creative freedom. Not bad for a part-time gig.
Ashley and her identical twin sister, Courtney are Team Jack’s Designing Women, graphic designers who work on everything from book covers to advertisements for newspapers to posters on Washington, DC-area Metro cars.
“Working for Marie and watching her succeed over the past three years has been amazing!” Ashley says. “As one of her Designing Women, I’m able to do what I love and create and design things that thousands of people get to see on social media, at Reader Weekend in RI, and on book shelves!”
Ashley met Marie in 2013 in D.C. when Marie hosted a launch party for Fatal Mistake. Ashley, who had worked with Julie in the past and had known her for years, was there to help her to register readers and distribute name tags and goody bags.
“Marie was so nice and welcoming. She thanked me for all I had done for Team Jack at that time and was excited I could be part of the event.”
By the time Ashley joined the team, Marie had already written many books.
“Julie was very clear about the material Marie writes about before I committed to the job. But I didn’t mind at all! I’m a hopeless romantic and love reading these types of novels, especially the Gansett Island series.”
Before Ashley joined the team, Julie had talked about her friend, Marie, a writer who was working hard as an author. “From what she would mention, I knew Marie was a very determined, very dedicated writer and I had no doubt that she would become a big name one day,” Ashley says.
Ashley says she’s grown as a person and a designer as part of Team Jack.
“Marie and Julie have given me creative freedom in a lot of my projects. I’ve done some of my best work with Marie. After I’m done with my regular job [as a senior manager of production and design for a small trade association where Julie used to work] it’s nice to come home and work on something that’s fun and really allows me to be me. I’m incredibly grateful to work with Marie and Team Jack. The past few years have been incredible and opened doors to experiences I’ll never forget.”
One of the highlights of her career was being on the cover of Love After Dark, book 13 in the Gansett Island series, with her husband, Bryan. You can read the blog post here.
When asked to describe Marie the friend and Marie the author, she says, “Marie the friend is caring, thoughtful, carefree and hilarious! Marie the author is determined, hardworking and focused.
“When my sister, husband and I made the trip to Rhode Island for Reader Weekend in RI, Marie welcomed us with open arms. We were able to have a lot of one-on-one time as we drove with her to several of the events. She talked about life in Rhode Island and pointed out many important landmarks which are special to her, personally, as well as to her books. We were able to ask her questions about how she works and really get to know her as an author. It was really remarkable to hear how her head works and how each story evolves. It was really fascinating and a weekend that I felt brought all of us closer together and gave us insight into Marie the friend and Marie the author.”
written by Cheryl Serra, Marie’s director of publicity—and one of her bridesmaids 23 years ago