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Question #1


How did you come up with the title?

That's a great question. Everyone, even the little dog next door, knew that the working title of the manuscript, The Goodbye Miracle, needed changing. Taking a cue from the cover art, which showed three boys in silhouette sitting on a garage roof looking at a big moon, my wife Dorris proposed Meet Me on the Ridgepole. "What's a ridgepole?" I shouted, rolling on the floor with laughter. After a brief give and take (and my apology for the floor scene), we decided that maybe "roof" would be a more familiar term. But Meet Me on the Garage Roof still lacked that umph we were looking for. Dorris suggested we replace "garage" with a word that had a double meaning, a family's name and also "something else." Yes, a great strategy, but an hour later we hadn't come up with that magic word. In desperation I picked up the telephone book and began searching through names. When I arrived at the "P's", I saw it. "Paisley!" I announced, "how about that?" "Yes!" we both chimed. "That's it." Dorris reached for the phone book. "Actually, the name is Pasley," she said. But what the heck! I could never spell anyway!

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