I received an email not to long ago from today’s guest, which included a sentence that piqued my curiosity about the premise of his book, “My book is a work of fiction though it blends in some historical figures and cool conspiracies.” I was intrigued, and invited him to be a guest and tell us more. He is here today to do just that, so please help me welcome, Mr. Steve Richer!
Do you remember the movie Snakes on a Plane? Of course you do and it isn’t because it was memorable or that it was a box office behemoth, making gazillions of dollars; it was neither. You remember it because of the title. Those four little words managed to sum up the entire film. You knew what you were getting into from the get-go.
That’s what I strived for with my thriller The Kennedy Secret. Just reading it you get a sense of what the story will be about. Hint: it involves the Kennedy family and they have a secret. Smart, no? I did struggle a bit on the subject. I’m a writer who usually likes to skirt the obvious, I enjoy including vague references to history and fancy words.
This can be the publishing equivalent of committing suicide.
When I was in film school we had to study The Unbearable Lightness of Being. I fell in love with that title, it sounded so poetic, so distinguished. Not long after I wrote a screenplay which I called The Banefu Quiescence of Wrath. I was so in love with that title!
Some months later, a Hollywood producer called me to discuss the script which I had submitted to him. He gave me a bunch of reasons why he didn’t want to buy it from me. Fine, I understand. But his last comment stung the most. He said, “Change the title. I didn’t understand it and had to look every word in the dictionary.”
A con man running for his life
The most fascinating family in American history…