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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!

Best Nook to Read a Book

The left is all me, but I’d be happy anywhere! How about you?

Worlds Apart: Alternate Dimensions

Could déjà vu and the ‘Mandela effect’ prove that alternate dimensions exist?

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I thought the above article was both thought-provoking and entertaining.  Full disclosure: I’m on my third Mimosa.

In WORLDS APART, our hero, Decklan, is from “out-of-this-world.”  Years ago when I started writing WORLDS APART, I was fascinated with wormholes, other dimensions, and parallel universes.  I’m the farthest thing from a scientist or physicist as you can find, so I have no authority to speak on this subject.

But as a writer and a dreamer, any concept like this will have me lost in a world of possibilities for hours.

I want to know, what fascinates you?

Worlds Apart: Meet Artemis

In WORLDS APART, our main character, Therran, has a cat that sort of “came with the house.”  The mischevious cat, Artemis, of mysterious origins, is no ordinary kitty.

Meet my cat, the real-life Artemis, who was the inspiration for one of the most lovable characters in WORLDS APART, available March 1st.

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WORLDS APART

“No matter how many worlds apart we were, I knew I would never forget him.”

WORLDS APART, available March 1st!

Worlds Apart

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