Sunday, February 07, 2021

Q&A with Jeri Westerson

From my Q&A with Jeri Westerson, author of Spiteful Bones:
How much work does your title do to take readers into the story?

I hope it intrigues enough to get them to pick it up and read the back matter. I work pretty hard on my titles. I want them to intrigue and then to describe what the book will be about in a, hopefully, subtle way. When I work on my medieval mystery titles, I gather a list of words that one might expect of such a book. For instance, “shadow”, “blood”, “sword”, “bone”, etc. with other word prompts like “season of…”, “conspiracy of… “house of…”. The title should evoke the time period as well as suggest a mystery. I wouldn’t have called a humorous book Spiteful Bones…unless, of course, I was describing the humerus. All in all, I’ve liked my titles, if I do say so myself.

What's in a name?

Crispin Guest, my protagonist in the series—a disgraced knight and lord banished from court and the only life he had ever known—was...[read on]
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Q&A with Jeri Westerson.

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