8 September 2011 0 Comments

Why thriller titles…aren’t

Thriller titles often seem designed to confuse prospective readers. Pick up a book by a well-known author, read the title which is something like “Better Off Dead,” and you’re likely to think: “Did I already read that one? It seems to me titles in the thriller world have moved away from any kind of descriptive […]

15 October 2009 0 Comments

Location, location

Writers live in their heads. What may be travel to you is location-scouting for me. In some ways, I’m never where I am. I’m imagining that place on the page in a future book. It won’t exist until I’ve written about it. I was standing on a deserted bridge across the Rhine in the Swiss […]

22 August 2009 0 Comments

11 arrondissements to go: Cara Black’s Writing Life

Each of Cara Black’s titles takes her computer-security PI Aimee Leduc on the trail of a murder in a different quartier of Paris — Montmartre, Clichy, Bastille. Aren’t those names alone enough to make you want to read them? The latest is Murder in the Latin Quarter, where Aimee tries to trace a Haitian woman […]

20 March 2009 0 Comments

Choosing a title — again, and again, and again…

Guest blogging on A Book Blogger’s Diary, I write about why my publishers like to have a new title for the same book in almost every country…Choosing one is almost as hard as writing the book itself… Almost.