Picture: me as Elvita Adams, the woman who survived jumping off the Empire State Building
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Where does that silly title come from? Pizza with Jimbob & Twoforks. Well you know I should have given it a great deal of thought and come up with something that captured exactly what was going on in the story. It should have been a big deal. But that’s not exactly how it came out.
I had hoped that my wife would suddenly come up with a brain wave as she had done for Theatre on the Run, when a group of half dozen local professional theatre companies got together to take people through a theatre trip around Derby during Feste. The title was perfect because then the photo-shoot could all be based on the cover of Wings Band on the Run. Which fitted perfectly with such a variety of performers. But alas it never came for my novel.
My editor wanted a different title, something snappier, easier to remember. But all my attempts felt like a main stream murder mystery which I suppose might have made it sell better but probably to totally the wrong audience.
But why that title in the first place? I had listened to Mariella Frostrup’s Open Book about prizes for the most outlandish novel title of the year. Long titles were in they said and I fancied following suit. It wasn’t so odd for me as my play titles have always been pretty long:
- I’ve been Elvita Adams
- I wish I was Sam Shepard
- Do the right thing…but not right now
I love punchy titles and back when I was an Indie Kid at the height of Brit Pop band names were shorter the better, Pulp, Blur, Suede, Oasis. But I’ve never managed it myself.
And I think it fits the novel. When people hear the title they are intrigued they say. They know it’s something a little odd and humorous. But certainly not intellectual or dense, because it’s got the word Pizza in it. But what the hell are a Twoforks and Jimbob?
Oh well! You’ll have to read it to the end to find out…