Friday, June 07, 2024

Q&A with Catriona McPherson

From my Q&A with Catriona McPherson, author of Deep Beneath Us:
How much work does your title do to take readers into the story?

The title I’ve ended up with does a great job of telling the reader what kind of book they’re considering. Deep Beneath Us and the jacket image combined say: dread, threat, secrets. While I was writing I called the book Hiskith, the name of the reservoir and the flooded village at the bottom of it, and also a pun on “his kith”, evoking the centrality of a character who, Rebecca- like, starts out already dead and telling us the book is about his family.

But I knew, even as I wrote the drafts with “Hiskith” in my mind, that it was a disaster of a title from a marketing point of view. I let it go without a backward glance.

What’s in a name?

I love naming characters, even when it’s difficult. It was...[read on]
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