Secondly, YA author NK Traver, whose *brilliant* cyberthriller Duplicity comes out a week today (go order it, guys, seriously, it rocks!) tagged me in a blog thingy, which was extremely entertaining when NK did it so here is my bash at it. The idea is to pluck ten short sentences at random from your book and - ta dah! - those are now your terrible alternate titles. Here are the crazy alternatives I ended up with:
1) You Can’t Get Grape Slush Puppy in Hell
2) I Was Too Stupid to Live
3) The White Telephone Was Ringing
4) Trying to Set Fire to Your Teacher with a Flamethrower
5) It Was a Lie and We Both Knew It
6) Lions and Tigers and Bears, Indeed
7) God’s Big Emergency!
8) What’s Your Supervillain Origin Story?
9) A Rare, Lesser-Spotted Dead Girl
10) Thunderbolts and Lightning, Very, Very, Frightening
Okay, little bit in love with number 10, it has to be said. I'm going to tag Rachel Hamilton for the same thing, knowing how hilarious her new book The Case of the Exploding Brains is, as well as Abi Ephinstone whose wonderful debut The Dreamsnatcher I'm in the midst of reading and loving right now.
Finally, I blogged over at my home-away-from-home MG Strikes Back the other day, asking a bunch of entertaining kidlit authors what their favourite thing about writing for kids was, and rambling about my own reasons why I love it. Pretty sure Elen Caldecott wins for saying 'short books' :D