Are you starting to think about Halloween? I’ll admit I was looking at some Halloween items in a catalog yesterday and wondering if there were be any trick or treaters this year. 2020 has leaned way too heavily on the trick side of this holiday. But, good news! D.E. Haggerty is here today to talk about how she came up with her clever title and she brought a giveaway with her. Be sure to scroll down and find the prize guy. He’s bringing on the treats!😉
How “I” came up with the title
Trick or Thief
If you’re a cozy mystery lover, then you know the titles of cozy mysteries are often cute and witty. I love this idea and work hard to come up with fun titles. For instance, my Death by Cupcake series is full of snazzy (if I do say so myself) titles:
Never Trust a Skinny Cupcake Baker
Bring Your Own Baker
Christmas Cupcakes & a Caper
Fireworks, A Firecracker & Foul Play
But when I came to the title of Kristie’s Halloween story, I was stuck. Really stuck. To the point, I literally spent a Sunday afternoon Googling ‘words associated with Halloween’ and ‘sayings associated with Halloween’. I wrote pages and pages of lists in my notebook. All to no avail.
Finally, I threw gently placed my notebook on the table. My husband had his earbuds in, so I had to clear my voice several times before he finally asked what’s wrong. At which point, I started to whine and complain.
“I can’t come up with a name for my story,” I pouted
My husband looked completely confused. “The one you haven’t written yet?”
“That’s not the point!” I may have started to scream at this point.
Big sigh on his part. “Okay. What have you got?”
I started listing all the Halloween-associated words.
“Why don’t you just call it Trick or Thief?” He asked with a shrug before putting his earbuds back in.
And that is how I spent a week trying to find a title for my next Death by Cupcake installment, only to have the hubby come up with a title in less than five minutes.
Wow, Dena- I’ve done my share of Googling for titles and then having my husband come up with something amazing! ~ Teresa
About Trick or Thief
Trick or Thief: A Humorous Culinary Cozy Mystery Short Read (Death by Cupcake)
A little haunting sounds like innocent fun until a ghost plunders your stockroom.
Kristie is convinced ghosts don’t exist until food starts disappearing without a trace from the Youth Center storage. There are zero clues as to who’s been inside the building. The security guard hasn’t seen a thing, and the security tapes are mysteriously blank. When the ghost widens his hocus-pocus to include Kristie’s office, the gals of Callie’s Cakes jump in to find the culprit before Kristie can get in a whole mess of spooky trouble.
Will the gals of Callie’s Cakes expose the ghost before Kristie’s facility is destroyed?
Cupcakes not included, although recipes for all the delicious cupcakes Anna bakes are.
Get your copy here – Amazon
About D.E. Haggerty
D.E. Haggerty is actually just plain old Dena, but she thinks using initials makes her sound sophisticated and maybe even grown up. She was born and raised in the U.S. but considers herself a Dutchie and not only because it sounds way cooler. After a stint in the U.S. Army, she escaped the US to join her husband in Holland. She fled Holland over ten years ago when she couldn’t stand the idea of being a lawyer for one single second more. Turns out Bed & Breakfast owner in Germany didn’t do it for her either. When the hubby got a job in Istanbul, she jumped ship and decided to give this whole writer thing a go. She’s now back in Holland, which she considers home. Sorry, Mom.
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