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Title Rejects

You know you're a writer when... you've spent more time brainstorming the title for your novel than writing.

To title a novel is a process.  Every successful author has one and I’m pretty sure my process -while fun- is flawed.  I don’t know.

It usually starts with a glass of wine, after I’ve had a shot or two.  I complain a little bit about my upcoming task to anyone who will listen…so, my dogs and the one cat who’s too lazy to run away.  Then I sit down at the computer and start typing any title that comes to mind that’s even loosely tied to the novel I’m working on.  Any words or phrases that pop in there.  This strategy works well because there are no rules, nothing is off the table in this moment.

I usually keep going until I find myself typing things like “You’ll Never Pick a Good Title” or “Just Give Up.” At that point, I’m just being negative and clearly a refill of wine is necessary.  But what I’m left with are some great ideas for a title that I get to choose from.

I mean, I haven’t actually chosen any titles that present themselves during these brainstorming sessions, but I figure, if I just keep with it, one day it’ll work.  Maybe.

Here are a few rejected titles from my upcoming novel.  It’s a vampire romance set in New Orleans.

Suck It ……………………………………….I like the blunt approach, but it seems a bit rude.

Bite Me (A Vampire Romance) …At least it’s to the point.

Eat. Drink. Prey. ……………………….Get it?  “Prey?”

Bae in the Bayou ………………………This is just dumb.

I Thought He Drank Wine ……….She made an honest mistake.

My Boyfriend Can Fly ………………Not really the point of the story.  At all.

Love Can Be Draining ………………Too pessimistic.

This Book Has No Title …………….Too honest.

Just Read This ……………………………Too bossy.

There should be a profession where people get paid to read a book and come up with a title for it.  I would pay good money for that service if I ever had any good money.

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The Search History of a Writer

I’ve always searched any topic without a second thought while writing my novels. Because who wouldn’t search “how long would it take to bleed out if your wrists were slit and you’re hanging upside down?” (A little odd for a romance author, sure, but I needed to know.)

It wasn’t until I searched “what kind of explosives would most effectively blow up a church” that I realized I might be red flagged by almost every U.S. federal agency. For the record, the church in my novel was abandoned, save for a vampire meeting that was taking place.

So I took a moment to review my search history. Here are a few things that might look bad if someone didn’t know I write fiction.

– Best blade to effectively decapitate a head

– Amount of explosives needed to blow up a brick building

– Where can you buy detonation cord (Quick shout out to the ATF- in case you’re watching!)

– Are feral pigs dangerous

– Can you ride an alligator (This one was just for my own curiosity.)

– How much blood can a person lose before they die

– Does a severed human arm float in water

– Can a vampire have babies with a human

It’s amazing, the things you learn while writing a story. I know a lot about airboats and how to drive them. I’m not sure what to do with that. I know what to do in the event of an alligator attack. I’m not sure why an alligator would be hanging around the Midwest, but you never know.

When I die, I’ll need someone to clear my search history for me. On second thought, leave it there. It’ll be more fun that way.

What’s the oddest thing in your search history that you’re willing to admit? Share in the comments!

WORLDS APART Writing Playlist

“Words make you think a thought.  Music makes you feel a feeling.  A song makes you feel a thought.”   – E. Y. Harburg

I think music inspires most of us in one way or another.  This is a list of the songs that inspired me as I wrote WORLDS APART.  The first two in the left column inspired the basis of the entire novel!

Do you know any of them?  What kind of music inspires you?

Worlds Apart Playlist

Worlds Apart, Meet Therran

Poor Therran. She thought parallel universes were only a theory, and that shapeshifters were just a myth. Silly little human. She’s always been good at running away from her problems, but this time, there’s nowhere to hide.  WORLDS APART, coming to you March 1st!

WA Character Profiles Therran

My “Office”

Today’s writing space. 💕 Working on my next paranormal romance novel!  

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The Grimm Curse Fun Fact IV

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THE GRIMM CURSE Fun Fact: This is how my workspace looked when I started writing The Grimm Curse. By the end, it looked almost the same, except it had empty chocolate wrappers everywhere, tons of paper on every surface, empty wine bottles under the desk, and a dent in the wall where I would sometimes bang my head.

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The Grimm Curse Fun Fact III

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Bridge of Lies, Sibiu, Transylvania (photo via Google)

 

THE GRIMM CURSE Fun Fact: The Bridge of Lies in the novel refers to a real, actual bridge in Sibiu, Transylvania. One legend says, if you tell a lie while on the bridge, it calls your punk-ass out by groaning, creaking, and sometimes…for the big lying liars…it even quakes. I don’t know about you, but there are a few people I’d like to drag up on that bridge. BONUS TRUE FACT: My ancestors were from this area.

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Bridge of Lies (photo via google)