“Where did you get the title?”
Quite often, I have no answer to this question. Or, more likely, I have no desire to answer this question.
In the case of A Marble Heart, however, I do have an answer and I have no problem giving it. The title came from a short news item from the Bemidji Pioneer in 1902. As soon as I saw the sentence, “Get your marble heart ready,” I knew I had my title.
For a while I was pretty proud of myself for having a title that good. Then, about a year ago, I was reading a book that had a list of all the comedies Mack Sennett produced. One of those released in 1915 (I think) jumped out at me: “Her Marble Heart.”
Guess I wasn’t so original after all.