Melissa Walker

Thursday, April 24th, 2014 Melissa Walker

cdbd.gifLinda Gerber shared the Cover Stories for her Death By… series last fall, so I wanted to ask her a little bit about how she chooses those venomous nouns–Bikini, Latte, Denim–in her titles. (Death by Denim is out next week!)
“With just the title and the first draft of the book,Theresa Evangelista came up with the killer cover design. That set the precedent for the rest of the series. All the titles became Death by… titles, and the covers all have the cool, iconic images. The books themselves grew from there.
“Even after the first one–Death by Bikini–was named, I was thinking of entirely new titles cdbbikini.giffor the next book. But when my editor told me what they would like to see as far as titles were concerned, it felt completely right, like that’s how it was supposed to be all along.
“My daughter actually helped to come up with the first one. (Thanks, Jenna!) At that point, the book didn’t involve a murder, just the intrigue about Seth’s family being on the run. But when she suggested that title, a whole new angle for the series was born. For the next cddlatte.giftwo titles, I had given my publisher the locations for the books and was brainstorming ideas, but they were the ones who actually came up with the winners. Latte was perfect for Seattle, but I was a little thrown by denim for Europe… until I did some research on designer denim in Europe – and a whole new twist was added to the story.
On other names considered:
“I really liked Death by Chocolate. : ) We also had a close runner up with Death by Lip Gloss. Oh, and Death by Deception. But, as I said, the ones we settled on were truly the right fit for the series. At the moment, we are working on another couple of projects, but I would love to hang out with Aphra and Seth some more in the future. We will see…”
I vote for Death by Lip Gloss next. I love that one for some reason. Got ideas for Death by… titles? I’d love to hear!

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10 Comments

  1. Alea says:

    Chocolate and Lipgloss would be awesome!

  2. Ashley says:

    I love this series… they’re so good!
    Hmmmm, lemme think… Death by Ink? Death by Radio? I dunno, but there are lots of interesting possibilities. I agree that Lip Gloss would be a good one =)

  3. Mya Rooney says:

    Death by Glitter! Death by Unicorn! Death by Lab Coats! DEATH BY PIGEON!!!
    Okay, must go calm self.

  4. Hillary says:

    Death by Swedish Fish!

  5. Amee says:

    Ooh, Death by Chocolate sounds awesome!
    I love the titles and covers for this series. :)

  6. Jacqueline says:

    Gotta love clever covers! Especially clever covers with die-cuts! Yay!
    I love Death by Chocolate and Death by Lip Gloss!
    Let’s see…
    Death by Pantyhose
    Death by Loofah
    Death by Mascara
    Death by Curling Iron
    Death by Deoderant
    Death by Crepe(er, I’m hungry now…)
    Death by Metronome(eeeevil things!)
    Hee hee hee!
    Not nouns but…
    Death by Darning
    Death by Waxing
    I’d better stop now. :)

  7. Claire says:

    Love the chocolate one….LOL!
    Death by Lipstick
    Death by Cupcake
    Death by Blog
    Death by Flip Flop
    …I adore this series and it’s titles–so cute and fun! I’m about to start DBD and I’m soooo excited! Go Seth!

  8. Lis says:

    I still haven’t read this series I have got to do it now!! hehe :)

  9. Amy says:

    Death by Lace. hmm this sounds fun. Death by Kittens. Aww that sounds bad. Why would the kittens hurt anyone? Death by er…..death? Sounds fine to me ;)

  10. hannah says:

    LOL. HEHE. LOL. HEHE. LOL. HEHE. LOL. HEHE. WHATS NOT TO LIKE?! oh and for the death by’s?
    death by boys
    death by fangs ( i know, going kinda vampire-ey)
    death by super glittery- ultra- fast- drying- permanent- red- marker?
    death by stilettos. (i am serious, do you know how much those things kill?!)

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