Writing is my passion. If I’m not writing I’m probably thinking about it. I’m constantly plotting or naming characters even talking to myself to make sure my dialogue sounds okay. The writing part has never been the biggest challenge. It’s a title. When all is said and done and the book is finished I’m always left with one last decision to make and for me it’s the hardest. What the hell do I call this thing?
I have some author friends who come up with a title first. It comes easily to others. And sometimes the title is simply staring you in the face; a no brainer.
When I was writing The Low Notes I always just referred to it as “Kevin and Nina” in my head or to the few people who knew about it. It wasn’t until well after I was done writing my first draft that I even said “The Low Notes?” to myself. It became a working title and honestly I had a few people tell me it wasn’t right for the story. A few said the title sounded too sad. To which I replied, “Have you read it? It has a pretty sad thread….” Then I heard that it wasn’t a catchy title. I thought about all of the titles of books I’d read over the years and I never picked a book because of its title. I’m a cover art girl and I think a lot of people are like me.
The more I defended my title the more I realized it was perfect for the project. The titleThe
Low Notes not only encompasses the musical aspect my story has but it also could be taken as the low notes or low points in both characters’ lives.
I’m happy that I kept my title and I’m happy that now that I’m spreading the word I’m getting positive feedback about it. I’m sure I’ll struggle with my next title but I know now that I can do it and sometimes the title just comes to you as a question in your mind and ends up
being just right.
My book The Low Notes will be available May 17thfrom Rebel Ink Press. Here’s a little about it.
When a chance meeting between high school teacher Kevin Reed and singer Nina Jordan ignites an instant spark, they must decide if it's more important to follow your heart or follow the rules.
After caring for his dying father, Kevin Reed, returns to his hometown of Wexley Falls, bereaved, unemployed and exhausted at the thought of starting a new life. After a failed blind date, Kevin meets young singer Nina Jordan who takes his breath away with the sound of her voice. The connection is instantaneous and mutual on their first date, but both are crestfallen when they discover days later, to their horror, Nina is Kevin's student at the local high school.
Deciphering between notions of love and lust, fate and coincidence, Kevin and Nina find themselves unable to turn their backs on what they can't deny is a once in a lifetime feeling. Told from both perspectives, The Low Notes explores a love that feels right even though it seems wrong.
Once again thanks to Melissa for having me!
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