Well, you seemed to find this competition a bit harder than the last one. Out of a hundred odd entries, there were only five correct entries. Well done Penny C-F, a proof will wing its way to you this week.
The answers are:
QUESTION 1: IN THE FIRST FEW DRAFTS OF THE PUPPET SHOW, TILLY’S SURNAME WASN’T BRADSHAW, IT WAS:
A: Dowbakin – Tilly’s original surname was Dowbakin. My editor asked me to change it as there were too many unusual names and I wanted to keep Poe’s first name.
QUESTION 2: IN THE FIRST FEW DRAFTS OF THE PUPPET SHOW, STEPHANIE’S SURNAME WASN’T FLYNN, IT WAS:
C: Speak – Steph Flynn was originally called Steph Speak. She was actually someone I used to work with when I was still with Cumbria and Lancs probation – and as someone pointed out Speak is a good Lancashire name. In the end my editor said having sentences like Speak said, Speak spoke etc was a bit too much.
DEAD GROUND‘S WORKING TITLE (AND ONE I WOULD HAVE LOVED TO HAVE BEEN THE FINAL TITLE) WAS:
A: The Thirteen Rat Theory – The entire plot of Dead Ground came about after I heard The Thirteen Rat Theory being played by the infamous punk band, The Anti-Nowhere League. I tried long and hard to keep this title, but sales felt it might be a tough sell to shops that also sell food. I then changed it to The Bad Beat, and actually wrote the explanation for the title into Dead Ground (it’s still there) but in the end we went for what I was originally going to call book 7 (book 7 is now called The Third Light)
B: The Bad Beat
C: The Third Light
So there you have it.
And I promise you the next comp will be much easier.