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Micaela Alcaino

Micaela Alcaino - Designer

London, United Kingdom

Aussie living in London since 2013, I work on crime/thrillers, fantasy, historical, literary, nature, womens fiction, YA & more

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I'm a graphic designer and illustrator which covers across fiction, non fiction and children's. I was lucky enough to fall into publishing as a designer and have never looked back. I use Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop, as well as the classic pen to paper (for drawing and illustrating). I love reading, which also helps when working in this industry! My other passion is travel photography (and just photography in general), so when Im not spending my time designing I'm travelling and taking photos.

Services
Languages
English
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Dystopian Fantasy Historical Fiction Literature Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Nature Photography

Work experience

Designer

Harper Collins
January, 2016 – Present (almost 2 years)

Junior designer to designer

Transworld (Penguin Random House)
July, 2013 – December, 2015 (over 2 years)

Freelance illustrator and designer

Self-employed
January, 2012 – Present (almost 6 years)

Portfolio (22 selected works)

Meadowland

Running Hare

The Tale of the Duelling Neurosurgeons

Sam Kean

For centuries, scientists had only one way to study the brain: wait for misfortune to strike - strokes, seizures, infections, lobotomies, horrendous accidents, phantom limbs, Siamese twins - and see how the victims changed afterwards. In many cases their survival was miraculous, and observers marvelled at the transformations that took place when different parts of the brain were destroyed. Par... read more

For centuries, scientists had only one way to study the brain: wait for misfortune to strike - strokes, seizures, infections, lobotomies, horrendous accidents, phantom limbs, Siamese twins - and see how the victims changed afterwards. In many cases their survival was miraculous, and observers marvelled at the transformations that took place when different parts of the brain were destroyed. Par... read more

Meddling and Murder: An Aunty Lee Mystery

Ovidia Yu

A delightfully warm and witty mystery from one of Singapore's best-known and most acclaimed writers, perfect for fans of Alexander McCall Smith’s NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY. Aunty Lee is on the case! There is nothing Rosie ‘Aunty’ Lee, amateur sleuth and proprietor of Singapore’s best-loved restaurant, loves more than solving other people’s problems. So when Beth Kwuan, an ambitious busine... read more

A delightfully warm and witty mystery from one of Singapore's best-known and most acclaimed writers, perfect for fans of Alexander McCall Smith’s NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY. Aunty Lee is on the case! There is nothing Rosie ‘Aunty’ Lee, amateur sleuth and proprietor of Singapore’s best-loved restaurant, loves more than solving other people’s problems. So when Beth Kwuan, an ambitious busine... read more

Stephen Florida

Gabe Habash

‘A coming-of-age story with its own, often explosive, rhythm and velocity... This is a shape-shifter of a book, both a dark ode to the mysteries and landscapes of the American West and a complex and convincing character study’ Hanya Yanagihara, author of A Little Life Meet Stephen Florida: college student, amateur wrestler, visionary, outsider. Entering senior year, his sights are set on the c... read more

‘A coming-of-age story with its own, often explosive, rhythm and velocity... This is a shape-shifter of a book, both a dark ode to the mysteries and landscapes of the American West and a complex and convincing character study’ Hanya Yanagihara, author of A Little Life Meet Stephen Florida: college student, amateur wrestler, visionary, outsider. Entering senior year, his sights are set on the c... read more

Hibiscus: Discover Fresh Flavours from West Africa with the Observer Rising Star of Food 2017

Lopè Ariyo

‘I’m genuinely inspired.’ – Yotam Ottolenghi ‘For all its richness and mindboggling variety, African food has yet to cross over in the UK. With her freewheeling, boldly flavourful take on Nigerian cuisine, Lopè Ariyo could be the person to make it happen.’ – Observer Lopè Ariyo is the rising star of African cooking and Hibiscus, her first book, is packed with delicious dishes. An energetic and... read more

‘I’m genuinely inspired.’ – Yotam Ottolenghi ‘For all its richness and mindboggling variety, African food has yet to cross over in the UK. With her freewheeling, boldly flavourful take on Nigerian cuisine, Lopè Ariyo could be the person to make it happen.’ – Observer Lopè Ariyo is the rising star of African cooking and Hibiscus, her first book, is packed with delicious dishes. An energetic and... read more

The Bloodprint

Ausma Zehanat Khan

The author of the acclaimed mystery The Unquiet Dead delivers her first fantasy novel—the opening installment in a thrilling quartet—a tale of religion, oppression, and political intrigue that radiates with heroism, wonder, and hope. A dark power called the Talisman has risen in the land, born of ignorance and persecution. Led by a man known only as the One-eyed Preacher, it is a cruel and ter... read more

The author of the acclaimed mystery The Unquiet Dead delivers her first fantasy novel—the opening installment in a thrilling quartet—a tale of religion, oppression, and political intrigue that radiates with heroism, wonder, and hope. A dark power called the Talisman has risen in the land, born of ignorance and persecution. Led by a man known only as the One-eyed Preacher, it is a cruel and ter... read more

Hannah Green and Her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence

Michael Marshall Smith

It’s not every day that the Devil knocks on your door There are a million stories in the world. Most are perfectly ordinary. This one... isn’t. Hannah Green actually thinks her story is more mundane than most. But she’s about to discover that the shadows in her life have been hiding a world where nothing is as it seems: that there's an ancient and secret machine that converts evil deeds into e... read more

It’s not every day that the Devil knocks on your door There are a million stories in the world. Most are perfectly ordinary. This one... isn’t. Hannah Green actually thinks her story is more mundane than most. But she’s about to discover that the shadows in her life have been hiding a world where nothing is as it seems: that there's an ancient and secret machine that converts evil deeds into e... read more

How to Fall in Love with a Man Who Lives in a Bush

Emmy Abrahamson

A fresh, hilarious and compulsively readable love story with the most wonderful kernel of truth to it. An uplifting and clever read for fans of Graham Simsion and Marian Keyes. Julia is looking for Mr Right, but Ben is more Mr Right-Now-He-Could-Do-With-a-Bath.. You may think you know what kind of novel this is, but you’d be wrong. Yes, Julia is a single-girl cliché, living alone with her cat ... read more

A fresh, hilarious and compulsively readable love story with the most wonderful kernel of truth to it. An uplifting and clever read for fans of Graham Simsion and Marian Keyes. Julia is looking for Mr Right, but Ben is more Mr Right-Now-He-Could-Do-With-a-Bath.. You may think you know what kind of novel this is, but you’d be wrong. Yes, Julia is a single-girl cliché, living alone with her cat ... read more

Oola

Brittany Newell

‘It's the kind of book you want to linger in and never leave; the kind of book that DOES things to you . . . I adored it’ Emma Jane Unsworth, author of Animals OOLA is a very different kind of love story. Oola and Leif meet at a party in East London, two Americans at a loose end. The insouciant music school dropout and aimless young writer fix on one another, grab hands and fall head-first dow... read more

‘It's the kind of book you want to linger in and never leave; the kind of book that DOES things to you . . . I adored it’ Emma Jane Unsworth, author of Animals OOLA is a very different kind of love story. Oola and Leif meet at a party in East London, two Americans at a loose end. The insouciant music school dropout and aimless young writer fix on one another, grab hands and fall head-first dow... read more

Down to the River and Up to the Trees: Discover the hidden nature on your doorstep

Sue Belfrage

In a stressful, chaotic world, many of us are turning to nature for a sense of serenity and happiness. While the idea of the wild outdoors is enticing, though, our busy lives and our location can cause us to become detached from nature. Down to the River and Up to the Trees will show you how to connect with the natural world around you, whether you live in the city or the countryside. From get... read more

In a stressful, chaotic world, many of us are turning to nature for a sense of serenity and happiness. While the idea of the wild outdoors is enticing, though, our busy lives and our location can cause us to become detached from nature. Down to the River and Up to the Trees will show you how to connect with the natural world around you, whether you live in the city or the countryside. From get... read more

Copycat: The unputdownable new thriller from the bestselling author of After Anna

Alex Lake

The gripping new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of After Anna and Killing Kate. Imitation is the most terrifying form of flattery... Which Sarah Havenant is you? When an old friend gets in touch, Sarah Havenant discovers that there are two Facebook profiles in her name. One is hers. The other, she has never seen. But everything in it is accurate. Photos of her friends, her ... read more

The gripping new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of After Anna and Killing Kate. Imitation is the most terrifying form of flattery... Which Sarah Havenant is you? When an old friend gets in touch, Sarah Havenant discovers that there are two Facebook profiles in her name. One is hers. The other, she has never seen. But everything in it is accurate. Photos of her friends, her ... read more

The Second Sister: The exciting new psychological thriller from Sunday Times bestselling author Claire Kendal

Claire Kendal

The chilling new psychological thriller from the author of the top ten bestseller, THE BOOK OF YOU, which was selected for Richard and Judy in 2015. Perfect for fans of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN and DISCLAIMER. It is ten years since Ella's sister Miranda disappeared without trace, leaving her young baby behind. Chilling new evidence links Miranda to the horrifying Jason Thorne, now in prison for m... read more

The chilling new psychological thriller from the author of the top ten bestseller, THE BOOK OF YOU, which was selected for Richard and Judy in 2015. Perfect for fans of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN and DISCLAIMER. It is ten years since Ella's sister Miranda disappeared without trace, leaving her young baby behind. Chilling new evidence links Miranda to the horrifying Jason Thorne, now in prison for m... read more

Two Cousins of Azov

Andrea Bennett

A heartwarming novel about the surprise of second chances in the autumn of your life. Gor is keeping busy. He has a magic show to rehearse, his new assistant to get in line and a dacha in dire need of weeding. But he keeps being distracted by a tapping on his window – four floors up. Is old age finally catching up with him? Tolya has woken from a long illness to find his memory gone. Tidied aw... read more

A heartwarming novel about the surprise of second chances in the autumn of your life. Gor is keeping busy. He has a magic show to rehearse, his new assistant to get in line and a dacha in dire need of weeding. But he keeps being distracted by a tapping on his window – four floors up. Is old age finally catching up with him? Tolya has woken from a long illness to find his memory gone. Tidied aw... read more

The Wild Life

John Lewis-Stempel

The Wild Life is John Lewis-Stempel's account of twelve months eating only food shot, caught or foraged from the fields, hedges, and brooks of his forty-acre farm. Nothing from a shop and nothing raised from agriculture. Could it even be done?We witness the season-by-season drama as the author survives on Nature's larder, trains Edith, a reluctant gundog, and conjures new recipes. And, above a... read more

The Wild Life is John Lewis-Stempel's account of twelve months eating only food shot, caught or foraged from the fields, hedges, and brooks of his forty-acre farm. Nothing from a shop and nothing raised from agriculture. Could it even be done?We witness the season-by-season drama as the author survives on Nature's larder, trains Edith, a reluctant gundog, and conjures new recipes. And, above a... read more

A Curious Guide to London

Simon Leyland

From petticoat duels and lucky cats to the Stiffs Express, Lord Nelson's spare nose, the Piccadilly earthquake and the Great Beer Flood of 1814, A Curious Guide to London takes you on a captivating, wildly entertaining tour of the city you think you know, unearthing the capital's secrets and commemorating its rich, colourful and unusual history. Brimming with tales of London's forgotten past, ... read more

From petticoat duels and lucky cats to the Stiffs Express, Lord Nelson's spare nose, the Piccadilly earthquake and the Great Beer Flood of 1814, A Curious Guide to London takes you on a captivating, wildly entertaining tour of the city you think you know, unearthing the capital's secrets and commemorating its rich, colourful and unusual history. Brimming with tales of London's forgotten past, ... read more

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Magical Creatures Coloring Book

HarperCollins Publishers

Color your way on a magical adventure as you step onto the streets of New York in 1926, and meet Newt Scamander and his beasts! Then, unleash your creativity to add color and life to the menagerie of magical creatures that are presented in stunning black & white detail in this officially licensed title by Warner Bros. Consumer Products. From the Niffler to the Swooping Evil, each is waiting fo... read more

Color your way on a magical adventure as you step onto the streets of New York in 1926, and meet Newt Scamander and his beasts! Then, unleash your creativity to add color and life to the menagerie of magical creatures that are presented in stunning black & white detail in this officially licensed title by Warner Bros. Consumer Products. From the Niffler to the Swooping Evil, each is waiting fo... read more

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Magical Characters and Places Coloring Book

HarperCollins Publishers

Explore Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in this intricately illustrated black & white gallery of characters and scenes from the film and designs used in its making, which is officially licensed by Warner Bros. Consumer Products.From the bustling city streets and buildings of a vibrant 1926 New York, to Tina and Queenie’s apartment and the wonders of MACUSA, this book invites you to col... read more

Explore Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in this intricately illustrated black & white gallery of characters and scenes from the film and designs used in its making, which is officially licensed by Warner Bros. Consumer Products.From the bustling city streets and buildings of a vibrant 1926 New York, to Tina and Queenie’s apartment and the wonders of MACUSA, this book invites you to col... read more

Witchsign (Ashen Torment, Book 1)

Den Patrick

From celebrated YA author Den Patrick comes WITCHSIGN, the first novel in a fresh and exciting new fantasy trilogy It has been seventy-five years since the dragons' rule of fire and arcane magic over Vinkerveld was ended, and the Empire was born. Since, the tyrannical Synod has worked hard to banish all manifestations of the arcane across the lands. However, children are still born bearing the... read more

From celebrated YA author Den Patrick comes WITCHSIGN, the first novel in a fresh and exciting new fantasy trilogy It has been seventy-five years since the dragons' rule of fire and arcane magic over Vinkerveld was ended, and the Empire was born. Since, the tyrannical Synod has worked hard to banish all manifestations of the arcane across the lands. However, children are still born bearing the... read more

Summer with the Country Village Vet (The Little Village on the Green, Book 1)

Zara Stoneley

‘All the ingredients for a perfect, summery read...it really captured my heart’ Cressida McLaughlin ‘Sprinkled with oodles of charm...I simply adored this book’ Christie Barlow Fall in love with a brand new cosy romance series from bestselling author Zara Stoneley When Lucy Jacobs is made redundant from her inner-city teaching job she fears her career is over. Teaching is all Lucy knows and sh... read more

‘All the ingredients for a perfect, summery read...it really captured my heart’ Cressida McLaughlin ‘Sprinkled with oodles of charm...I simply adored this book’ Christie Barlow Fall in love with a brand new cosy romance series from bestselling author Zara Stoneley When Lucy Jacobs is made redundant from her inner-city teaching job she fears her career is over. Teaching is all Lucy knows and sh... read more

The Court of Broken Knives (Empires of Dust, Book 1)

Anna Smith Spark

Perfect for fans of Mark Lawrence and R Scott Bakker, The Court of Broken Knives is the explosive debut by one of grimdark fantasy’s most exciting new voices. They’ve finally looked at the graveyard of our Empire with open eyes. They’re fools and madmen and like the art of war. And their children go hungry while we piss gold and jewels into the dust. In the richest empire the world has ever kn... read more

Perfect for fans of Mark Lawrence and R Scott Bakker, The Court of Broken Knives is the explosive debut by one of grimdark fantasy’s most exciting new voices. They’ve finally looked at the graveyard of our Empire with open eyes. They’re fools and madmen and like the art of war. And their children go hungry while we piss gold and jewels into the dust. In the richest empire the world has ever kn... read more

The Bad Mother

Amanda Brooke

How far would you go to save your marriage? How far would you go to save your life? Newly married, newly pregnant, Lucy Robin is having trouble remembering the little things. Like what day she’s due to visit her mother. Or where she left her shoes. Or whether she’s left the gas hob on. Forgetting the little things is annoying, but the more it happens, the more scared she gets. As her world get... read more

How far would you go to save your marriage? How far would you go to save your life? Newly married, newly pregnant, Lucy Robin is having trouble remembering the little things. Like what day she’s due to visit her mother. Or where she left her shoes. Or whether she’s left the gas hob on. Forgetting the little things is annoying, but the more it happens, the more scared she gets. As her world get... read more

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Dayna Anderson

Micaela provided a truly beautiful cover design on time. She was very professional and communicative throughout the process, and I'll gladly work with her again.

, October 2017

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