Ordinarily as I'm working on any piece it will have a 'working' title & the 'public' title usually becomes evident somewhere along the creative journey.
I really did not think about this until I saw TITLE on the submission form & thought oops didn't see that coming.
My book is Inheritance of Secrets by Sonya Bates.
It is a superb book, well researched & well written. It's a compelling read & very hard to put down.
It is time to confess - I am an unapologetic book alterer and the book is my artwork !
When I received my book title I was really thrilled to have been given a murder mystery set in parts of Adelaide I was familiar with and which also has a post WWII immigration story underpinning it.
I discovered our local library had the book so I took it out to read it while I waited for the one I’d ordered online to arrive.
At one stage I had 2 copies of the book, the library’s & my own, which made me think about how much fun it would be to discover an altered library book.
Not dramatically altered so that it’s immediately obvious that it’s been tampered with but strategically embellished - so that’s what I did.
The staff at the library gave me the stickers for the spine & offered to stamp the edges with their NEW PLYMOUTH LIBRARY stamp but I thought that might be going too far !
I chose my 12 favourite scenes & have interpreted them on the relevant pages.
Interestingly, as I read the book, all the historic scenes came to me in black & white - like an old war movie, so that’s what I’ve done in the book.
My favourite parts are the Lancaster bomber silhouettes pg 20, the niche, which hides a key & a pawn ticket, cut into pg 116 and the letter to Grete written in German, as it would have been, on pg 403.
Must admit this whole book torturing thing is so.much.fun ;)
ps I played around with that saying about 'not judging a book by the cover' for the title but that just sounded derogatory to this wonderful book.
pps I really think it would make a great movie . . . just putting that out to the universe.
ppss the other fabulous thing that has happened as a result of entering this competition is that I've discovered a selection of books written in the last 12 months by Australian & New Zealand authors AND most of the ones I'm drawn to are in our local library. which is fabulous. 2020 has been a good read @)(@