The breadcrumbs doctrine

You try to think up clever titles for books. It’s often the hardest part about fiction writing. It’s like trying to come up with the perfect, un-used name for your rock band. It’s tough.

D’you know how Gmail works? E-mails are blended together as a pastiche of correspondences. If I sent a note to, say, Annie Bloom’s Books, and the good folks there forwarded the note to author Robert Crais, the header for the e-mail would read “Me Annie Robert.”

It’s a breadcrumbs doctrine. It shows the path of the conversation.

The wonderful Portland bookstore Murder By The Book asked me to do a signing (Love them to pieces). Of course I said “yes yes yes!” I then sent a note to my girlfriend, Katy, letting her know.

She wrote back to confirm the date.

And the Gmail header for the conversation now reads:

“Murder Me Katy”

I ask you, honestly: Is there a better title for a novel (or hell, a rock band) than that?

About danahaynes

Dana Haynes is the author of ICE COLD KILL (2013), BREAKING POINT (2011) and CRASHERS (2010) from Minotaur and St. Martin's Press.

Posted on April 16, 2010, in Blog and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Hi sweetie!
    When is the second signing date?
    Katy (Aka “Murder Me”


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