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Amanda Coetzee

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What’s in a name?

Choosing a title for your book requires an agonizingly and profound decision making process; or does it?

I’m notorious for my methodical approach to structuring my writing and raising my eyebrows in polite disbelief at the more creatively, erratic methods recklessly employed by fellow authors. However, when it comes to naming my novel, my Romany roots overwhelm my common sense and I am superstitiously bound by immoveable criteria.

I must choose the title of my next book before the end of writing my current novel. I simply have to or the universe will conspire to ensure that there is no next book. I then have to ruthlessly insert it in to as many conversations as possible so it cannot be unimagined. Of course this makes no sense but it is true and so I confidently announce my next novel as ‘Hard Time’.

It’s as good as written!


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