Friday, July 07, 2023

Q&A with Kate Robards

From my Q&A with Kate Robards, author of The Three Deaths of Willa Stannard:
How much work does your title do to take readers into the story?

The Three Deaths of Willa Stannard is both a telling and cryptic title. Early in the story, the reader learns that acclaimed journalist Willa Stannard is found dead from an apparent suicide. Her sister, Sawyer, however, is convinced there’s foul play. She begins to dig into Willa’s final days, looking for a clue that might explain her death.

Willa’s death is central to the story, and it hurtles Sawyer into a search for answers, taking her to a small town where a toddler disappeared years before. The mysteries of Willa’s death and this cold case intertwine. It’s fitting that the title references Willa’s death, but … three deaths? What does that mean?

To explain the title would mean I’d spoil some twisty revelations. It’s enigmatic but it doesn’t reveal that...[read on]
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