As promised, I’ve added a new excerpt to the site: Chapter 2 of Gumshoe (under the Excerpts link above). I’ve also updated the first chapter, so I would suggest starting there, even if you read it earlier, and reading through Chapter 2.
I’ve had a number of people ask about the title change, from Good Old-Fashioned Shoe Leather to Gumshoe. Both are references to investigative journalism that require at least a bit of detective work from the reporter. I opted for the more concise Gumshoe following a poll I took last year on the artwork for the book’s cover. Of the two options, participants preferred the cover that featured a bird’s eye view of a pair of sneakers (which readers will recognize as central to the novel’s theme). One reader commented she thought the sneakers should be leather-soled dress shoes, in keeping with the then-title of Good Old-Fashioned Shoe Leather. The problem is, dress shoes have nothing to do with the story. But I could see how the discrepancy in the title and artwork would be off-putting. So, Gumshoe was born.
It is, in fact, the third working title of the book. My first (which still heads my working manuscript drafts) is For Kicks — which used the slang for shoes and embraced my attitude of writing what I had expected to be quickly-written short story, just for the experience of writing fiction. But the more I wrote, the more the story developed. And here we are.
I hope you enjoy it. And I hope to yet have Gumshoe available in full this summer.
As always, constructive feedback is welcomed.