Top Title Tuesdays
My Indie Book Title
By David M. Brown
Naming the Awkward Second Novel
Coming up with a title for a book is both fun and difficult. With just a few words you can give your book an unforgettable title. I often go over many options before finding one that simply sticks. When the title comes to me cannot be guaranteed but usually it’s early in the first draft. My first novel, Fezariu’s Epiphany, had its title before a word had even been written. That title refers to a life-changing moment towards the end of the book and I just felt it sounded good.
I’m currently writing my third novel which again has been named early – Ansel’s Remorse. Like Fez, Ansel is the primary character and the remorse of the title is not from one moment in his life but a multitude that have built up over time into eternal regret. The title encompasses the many dark chapters of Ansel’s long life. My next novel which I am planning has the working title of The Stars Beneath the Parapets and refers to a song a musician writes about life in the slums beneath a vast, sprawling city that has long since forgotten those in poverty beneath its feet.
Those examples are ones of good fortune for me, being able to come up with what I believe are worthy titles with ease but when it came to my second novel, A World Apart, the title wasn’t so straightforward. I won’t deny I felt a lot of pressure with my second book. Fez had enjoyed some very positive feedback, better than I could have hoped for with my first effort, but having had that stroke of luck, I wasn’t content with consolidation, I wanted to push myself harder and eclipse everything in the first book.
While Fez is very much the main man in the first book, A World Apart is divided between a handful of characters with the central protagonists being Demetrius and Eleyna, childhood friends who go their separate ways and become very different people only to be reunited a decade or so later as enemies. I planned the novel out in-depth but the title simply wouldn’t come. With the narrative switching between Demetrius and Eleyna, I couldn’t really have either character laying claim to the title the way Fez had. It wouldn’t work. I might still be sat here pondering a title were it not for my muse.
My muse is my wife, Donna, and whenever I’m writing a new book I will run through ideas and storylines with her. She’s always brutally honest with me about all aspects of my writing so one day I shared my frustrations that the title was giving me. Worryingly, Donna went quiet for a moment while she considered the story but within a few seconds she suggested calling the novel A World Apart.
I wasn’t sure at first so I went away and considered that title for a while. I tried to come up with alternatives but continued coming back to Donna’s suggestion. It was the ideal fit to describe the gulf that grows between Demetrius and Eleyna by the end and so effective are the words that Demetrius comes to use them in conversation with Eleyna after a fierce exchange.
I am relieved that my next two books from the Elencheran Chronicles already have titles and I won’t have the same head scratching and frustration that A World Apart gave me. Donna is my constant support with writing and all I have achieved could never have been accomplished without her. This book title is just further evidence of how valuable it is to have a muse.
David Brown could be considered a fantasy fanatic, especially since he has spent the last 10 years developing a 47,000-year history for his fictional world of Elenchera. When converting his obsession into literary form, David commits himself to a rigorous writing and editing process before his work can meet his approval. Combined with the critical eye of his wife and a BA Hons in History and English, David’s dedication leads him to his goal of inspiring readers through heartfelt stories and characters.
Although David is inspired primarily by fantasy fiction, he also finds his muse in the form of anime, world cinema, history, and biographies. His own books, Fezariu’s Epiphany and A World Apart, combine aspects from worlds both old and new into compelling tales of a world not soon forgotten., David himself certainly does not lack a spirit of adventure; in fact, he left his job in 2007 in order to spend a month travelling. Second only to meeting and marrying his wife, David counts this as one of the most amazing experiences of his life.
A World Apart
Demetrius makes his first mistake when he lets his best friend Halcyon marry Eleyna, the love of his life, without saying a word. On the day of the wedding, he walks away from the Elencheran town of Dove’s Meadow and joins the army.
He makes his second mistake when the pirate Black Iris tricks him into letting dozens of men, women and children die in a fire. Demetrius is imprisoned in grief and disgrace.
But he can atone. The Black Iris is dead. The Ivory Rose has risen to the top of the pirates and is leading brutal raids on the coast. If Demetrius can capture and kill her, he’ll win his pardon.
And then Demetrius discovers the Ivory Rose is Eleyna. He must decide which will be his third mistake: losing his last chance at a pardon or destroying the one woman he’s ever loved.
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