|The Sterkarm books by Susan Price|
At the bottom of this post - below Blott - I shall put a link to the first chapter, in rough draft, of Sterkarm 3.
People have asked, what is the book's title going to be?
Well, how would I know? I've only just finished the first draft.
Some writers start with the title, but that's never worked for me. In fact, I hate titles. I find it easier to write the book than come up with a title.
|The American cover|
My publishers were just as doubtful, and I remember drawing up a long list of other possible titles - none of which seemed quite right, even if more usual - and then I had a phone-call from the publishers saying that, on second thoughts, they'd decided that 'The Sterkarm Handshake' was the right title after all.
Since the second book was 'A Sterkarm Kiss', it's been suggested that the third should be called 'A Sterkarm Cuddle' or, even, 'A Sterkarm Shag' - but since a Sterkarm handshake means a stab in the belly, and a Sterkarm kiss means a cut throat, I'd rather not even contemplate what a Sterkarm cuddle or a Sterkarm shag might be.
And then Kath Roberts suggested 'A Sterkarm Cure', because it sounded more like the other titles. So, its working title at present - when I don't just call it 'Sterk 3' - is A Sterkarm Cure.
Which, of course, is rather like the Emperor Caligula's cure for his nephew's cough.
But I can't promise that it will still be called that when and if it is ever finished and - one way or another - published.
And as I contemplate rewriting Sterk 3, here's Blot on rewriting -