My novel Cold Tea on a Hot Day was written under a different working title, one that has long since been lost to memory. My publisher rarely has liked a title I’ve chosen. Generally an editor from very high up will call my agent and say: “Marketing doesn’t like the title. We have to have a new one, yesterday.”
This happened one hot summer, July day. A new title was a Must. “Something that sounds bestselling,” of course. In two days.
After wracking my brain, making a list of titles that no one liked, I went to the kitchen and meandered around. My dear husband had been outside in the Oklahoma sun, poked his head in and asked for a glass of sweet ice tea. I decided to brew up a pitcher. Using a long-handled wooden spoon, I stirred the ice cubes around, listening to the clink. And I thought: “There’s nothin’ like cold tea on a hot day.”
Bingo! One of my most favorite of all titles, and the book that finally made onto the USA Today best seller list.
If you’d like to read my story of becoming a true tea-lover, if you are a devotee to good tea, pop over to The English Tea Blog, to read my post Confessions of a Tea-Drinking Southern Belle.
CurtissAnn, who just finished a cup of Ceylon tea, laced gently with a bit of lemon and agava syrup.