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?