always think of Stig Larsen books as the forerunner for the trend, with
Gillian Flynn following up closely behind. So,
wanted to call my new novel The Girl Who
Lied, my knee-jerk reaction was Really? Hasn’t it been overdone? There are
so many ‘Girl’ books out there, did the publishing world really need another
media where some people positively hated the word ‘girl’ used when clearly the
book was about a woman. For some, girl could only refer to a child or, at a
push, young adult.
Girl Who Lied, I spent the next seven days bombarding my editor with every
alternative I could think of. I was like some mad woman possessed, hounding my
friends and family for different suggestions. My agent wasn’t spared either and
it was, in fact, her reassurance that began to sway me. Indeed, there had even
been a recent article about ‘The Girl’ titles, see HERE.
indication of what to expect. (i) A strong female character (ii) an ordinary
woman in an extraordinary situation (iii) a darker read (iii) mystery and
above. It is full of lies, the characters all tell lies, even though they
believe it’s for the right reasons. My main character, Erin, was a teenager
when she first lied, so perhaps the title was even more suitable than I first
without exception, said to run with it and trust the marketing team’s experience.
So, that’s exactly what I’ve done and am now totally on-board with the title.
Just as an aside, I’ve seen ‘The Woman
…’ being used a lot, so perhaps that’s the next trend on the horizon.
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