Thursday, June 15, 2023

Q&A with Marjorie McCown

From my Q&A with Marjorie McCown, author of Final Cut:
How much work does your title do to take readers into the story?

Final Cut is a great title for a couple of reasons (and let me start by saying I can't take the credit -- Madeline Rathle, the head publicist at Crooked Lane Books suggested it.) The story is a murder mystery set behind the scenes of a big budget Hollywood movie in production that's plagued by a string of disasters, starting on the first day of principal photography when key costumer Joey Jessop discovers the body of a murdered coworker on set. So Final Cut gives us the obvious film reference. But the actual sound of the title is sharp and snappy, and I think that provides readers with a subliminal cue that they're in for a fast-paced (that's the goal, anyway) plot-driven book. And there's also a slightly sinister overtone that can be read into those two words.

What's in a name?

The sound of a name carries its own particular energy, and I wanted...[read on]
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Q&A with Marjorie McCown.

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