Ah, the title challenge once again.
My publisher plans to reissue Cypress Point in late 2010–a plan which makes me very happy! This is the old cover, and I can’t wait to see what they’ll come up with for the new one. In addition to changing the cover, they would like to change the title to one that’s more in keeping with my more recent books. It’s true that my recent and upcoming books have more evocative titles–The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes, Before the Storm, Secrets She Left Behind, The Lies We Told–the sort of titles that make you go “Hmm. . . wonder what that book is about?” So I agree with them. Now it’s time to put on my thinking cap, and I’m asking you to join me.
One concern I have over the change in title: I once bought a book by a favorite author, only to realize that I’d already read it under a different title. I’m going to discuss that problem with my publisher and make sure it’s clearly stated somewhere that the book is indeed a reissue.
For those of you not familiar with Cypress Point, it’s about an old woman named Carlynn who is reputed to be a healer. She lives on a cliff in Monterey, California, with its twisting roads and dense fog and beautiful cypress trees. Then we have a medical social worker, Joelle, whose best friend is seriously ill. In spite of the fact that Joelle is in love with her friend’s husband, she enlists the help of Carlynn to try to heal her. Half the book explores the dramatic story of Carlynn and her sister, Lisbeth. The other half is Joelle’s current day story as she makes decisions that will impact the rest of her life and the lives of those she loves.
So the main themes are: Who really needs healing in the story? What is the real meaning of healing? Lesser themes include the entwined relationship between sisters and the link between love and friendship.
As I think about titles, I’m definitely stuck in healing mode.
- The Healer’s Choice
- Her Sister’s Gift
- The Healer of Cypress Point
- Healing Lessons
- The Healer’s Promise
- The Last Healing
- The Reluctant Healer
Then I got off on the fog and the winding roads.
- A Path Through the Fog.
- Hidden by the Fog.
- A Turn in the Road
- A Twist in the Road
I don’t think I’ve found the magic words yet. Maybe we can brainstorm together?