Here we go again!
Last year I asked you to put on your thinking caps to help me title my work-in-progress. Frequent commenter Denise came up with Secrets She Left Behind, which my publisher, agent and I all agreed was a winner. (Look for it in your bookstores on May 26th).
Now it’s time to give the new book a title, so I’ll give you a small peek inside the story (without giving anything away, I promise), and I’ll tell you the titles I’m thinking about.
(Note: A while back, I told you the setting was Beaufort, North Carolina and Ecuador. Scratch Ecuador. Scratch Beaufort, too, but leave North Carolina. The book will take place somewhere near the NC coast).
It’s the story of two thirty-something sisters, Maya and Rebecca, both doctors. They have a very loving and supportive relationship, although they’re very different from one another. Maya is serious and cautious. She longs to have a baby with her husband Adam, but is not able to. Rebecca is a risk taker who works for a Doctors Without Borders type organization and who sleeps with whatever guy happens to be available (well, almost). Their parents were murdered when they were 14 and 18, after which Rebecca essentially raised and protected Maya.
Since I don’t want to give anything away, but do need to give you some ideas to help your thought process, here are some elements in the story:
- Back-to-back hurricanes, sister storms (too many ‘S’s in those two words for a good title).
- A man with blue eyes (not a good guy).
- Maya’s fearfulness and Rebecca’s courage.
- Secrets surrounding their childhood.
- An old cabin on a wooded piece of land, surrounded by floodwaters.
- A young woman, very significant in the story, who is a teeny bit mystical.
- Themes of family love and protection, people living up–or down–to their “labels” (risk-taker; cautious), betrayal, hope, forgiveness, inner strength.
Does that help? Here are some titles I’m playing with:
- The Lies We Told
- The Man with Blue Eyes
- The ______ of __________ Creek (first blank refers to the mystical woman, second to the name of the fictional creek)
I can’t wait to hear your thoughts, and I can’t wait to actually finish this manuscript. It’s a clear case of a story veering wildly from my carefully planned outline, but what else is new?