The Big Reveal

Welcome to the Big Reveal
 

I enjoy reading author interviews, but often times they don’t ask the kinds
of questions I wonder about. So I’ve assembled a group of writers at
all levels, from un-agented to published, and every week I will
have a new question for them.
 

What is the title and genre of one of your current stories?
How do you come up with yours and is it easy?

 
Ilima Todd
My book is titled REMAKE, YA science fiction. Titles don’t come easy for me, and I spend a lot of time choosing them. They usually have several layers of meaning for my story or characters. Funny thing is, my publisher is currently brainstorming titles for my entire series, so REMAKE might not even stick. ;)
 

Janeal Falor
The current book I’m working on is a YA Fantasy, Mine to Spell. It was easy to come up with the title because it’s the second book in a series and I already had an idea what I wanted it to be like.

For all of my books, the process varies a lot. They can come from a line in my book, a giant list of ideas, something random my kids say, ect. Sometime it’s easy, sometimes it’s hard. But, finding the right one is always rewarding.

 
Julie Sondra Decker
The book I have on submission to major publishers right now is called Bad Fairy, and it’s a fantasy/fairy tale retelling series. I’m not at all good with titles, and to be perfectly honest I don’t know whether Bad Fairy will be the series title or the individual book’s title. But I chose this one because I think it will get the attention of people who want to read a fairy tale retelling. I fully expect whichever publisher chooses it to have heavy input on what to call it, and I’m not overly attached to the title.

I seem to have a pattern for choosing two-word titles, though. Two finished novels that I have yet to offer to my agent are entitledFinding Mulligan (New Adult/Magical Realism) and Stupid Questions (Science Fiction/Romance), and an in-progress MG book of mine is called Joint Custody.

 

Kyra Lennon
I’ve just finished a New Adult contemporary romance called “Nobody Knows.” Titles are always the hardest part of the process for me because it’s super difficult to find one that really embodies what the book is about. “Nobody Knows” came about a little more easily since it comes from a song I wrote within the story.

 
Medeia Sharif
One of the works I’m currently submitting is TRAPPED, YA Contemporary. Usually titles come easily, but with this one I changed it several times.

 

M Pepper Langlinais
My most recent book is St. Peter at the Gate, the second in my Peter Stoller series, which is about a gay British spy. Genre is trickier since this series is sort of like Mad Men meets John Le Carre and I’m always worried putting it in the wrong category will end up disappointing readers because they may expect one thing and end up getting another. So while St. Peter at the Gate is technically listed on Amazon as mystery/espionage, it’s not a traditional sleuthing story and is more about the characters. (Titles usually smack me in the head. For St. Peter in Chains, I knew I wanted to use that as the title, which is why I named the main character Peter.)

 
Rachel Schieffelbein
Hmm, I have a few things going. A YA horror I’m about to start querying, FLESH EATING ZOMBIES AND EVIL EX-GIRLFRIENDS, a YA romance I’m revising, DON’T FALL, and a YA romance coming out in November with Swoon. That one’s called RUN FOR THE ROSES. Some titles have come more easily than others. And, of course, some are better than others. ;) No process, though, just keep on thinking until something sticks.

 
Do titles come easy for you?
 

8 Responses to “The Big Reveal”

  1. Chloe Banks says:

    I find titles pretty hard. My first novel was called ‘Thousand-Word Things’ and I loved it because it fitted perfectly. BUT my agent made me change it because it only fits perfectly once you’ve read the book – it wouldn’t make somebody pick up. So it has ended up being ‘The Art of Letting Go’ as it is both about people battling the ghosts of the past and uses contemporary art as a motif/theme throughout.

    Usually now, I pick a short title that reminds me what the books is about as a working title and worry about the real thing later!

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    Suzi says:

    The Proper Way to Say Goodbye is the title of my current novel. Sometimes titles pop into my head right away, but other times it takes some thinking.

  3. I usually struggle with titles but brainstorming with my husband helps. Like Ilima mentioned, I also aim for layers of meaning in the title.

  4. Briane Pagel says:

    I was enjoying this post and seeing the titles, and then I got to the Zombies & Ex-girlfriends one and busted out laughing.

    Now everyone knows I wasn’t actually WORKING at my desk.

    I’d be interested to find out how many people thought up their title and then wrote the book, as opposed to writing the book and then titling it.

    One of my books began with the title “Up So Floating Many Bells Down,” from the e e cummings poem “Anyone Lived In A Pretty How Town.” A publisher that had been interested in it, a little, referred to it in an email as “Up So Down,” which was SO much better that I went with it.

    (I should probably mention that “Up So Down” is in fact a book you can get on Amazon if you wanted, but then I’d hate to sound like this entire comment was merely to plug my book, as that was not the intent, so I won’t mention at all that “Up So Down” is available on Amazon.)

  5. Rachel Schieffelbein says:

    This was fun, Suzi.
    Any, by the way, I love your title, The Proper Way to Say Goodbye. :)

  6. ilima says:

    Cool to see how different we all are in choosing. And I agree w/ Rachel, your title is great, Suzi.

  7. Robin says:

    Titles are incredibly hard for me. Esp. with LOVESENSE-that book was The Girl Who Could Smell for five long months. Poor book. As always, I love your roundups!

  8. Medeia Sharif says:

    Thanks for featuring me and it was great to read about the what other writers are up to.

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