At the end of last week I'm delighted to say I signed a contract with 280 Steps for the publication of a new novel. The working title has been 'Saving Siobhán'. However, I need a new title for a few reasons - outside of Ireland no-one is quite sure how to vocalise 'Siobhán' without having heard it first, or might not even knows that it's a name; plus the spelling and fada is not good for search and discoverability; plus it's not really reflective of the screwball noir style of the book. Other than that, I like it!
The simple solution is to change
it to something like 'Saving Sinead', but I suspect it needs something
entirely new. Below is the working back cover blurb - it's not a lot to
go on, but maybe it might spark an idea. A pun or phrase would be good.
Take a look and if something springs to mind then I'd love to
hear your suggestions. Once the book is published I'll send a signed copy to whoever suggested the new title. Not the greatest of prizes but I'll think of some other goodies to put in the package.
"It is election time in Ireland and a lot more is about to change for
Grant, a new arrival from England, and his wheelchair-bound friend Mary,
than their political representatives. Patrick has disappeared and his
sister, Siobhán, kidnapped.
Charged with tracking them down, Grant and
Mary are soon caught between a vicious Dublin gangster seeking the
return of a valuable package and an ambitious politician determined to
protect a secret that might harm his re-election chances. To
make matters worse, when someone they confront is found floating face
down in the River Liffey, Inspector McGerrity Black, Dublin’s finest
rock-a-billy cop, is soon hot on their trail.
With election day looming
and Siobhán’s fingers turning up on a regular basis they race through
County Kildare suburbia, Dublin’s saunas, Manchester’s gay village and
rural Mayo, crossing paths with drag queen farmers, corrupt property
developers, and sadistic criminal gang members, as they desperately seek
a way to save themselves and their friends while all the time staying
ahead of the law.
As first dates go, it’s one hell of a rollercoaster
ride for Grant and Mary."
There's a fair few chases, role reversals, general confusion and mayhem,