As we ramble down memory lane with The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, I have a secret to share.
The Secret History of the Pink Carnation didn’t start life as The Secret History of the Pink Carnation. Its nickname– since all my books have nicknames while I’m working on them– was Purple. As in, “Sorry, I can’t make drinks tonight. I think I’m going to go work on Purple.” Its official name, the one that lived on the upper left hand corner of my manuscript submissions was (are you bracing yourself?) A Rogue of One’s Own. (There’s a very long story behind that one, involving my best friend, garden implements, and a tenth grade play, but we don’t need to get into all that here.)
At the time, I had a daydream-y image of a whole Rogues Gallery of Rogue books. Miles’ book was going to be The Rogue Next Door, Geoff’s The Rogue Less Traveled (I wasn’t totally sure about that one, since Geoff actually traveled quite a lot, although as a metaphorical statement about his level of roguishness, it did kind of work) and so on.
So here’s your contest question for today, if you had to give a Rogue title to any of the subsequent Pink books, what would that Rogue title be?
Crimson Rose and Blood Lily positively scream out for Rogue re-naming….
Five winners of an advance excerpt of The Mischief of the Mistletoe to be announced here tomorrow!