Friday, April 16, 2010

... Would it not read as sweet ...

It's rather odd, but I haven't ever really had a problem coming up with titles. It's just one of my quirks.

Take Diggin' Up Bones for example. I first heard Alisa talking to me, whispering that Zach Bradford was a part-time archeologist and full-time pain in the ass. That's all I had beyond knowing that the title would be Diggin' Up Bones.

Then there was the story I wrote as part of a multi-author anthology. I knew that I wanted to have the ability for a character to go back in time and re-do life the way it should have been. The title – The Life Not Lived.

I also knew before I started writing it that my first ever historical was going to be called Her Majesty's Maiden and feature Queen Elizabeth I of England and her lover. (This story will be coming out later in 2010 from Phaze)

When I wanted to write a bit of a different take on the vampire genre, I created a virus that blinded them, making the apex predators a little bit vulnerable. They were also highly kinky, and in to playing with humans. Blending the two together, they use humans as a seeing-eye-dog fill in. The title perfectly fits. Where the Blind Leads.

When I decided to do a sequel and publish the two stories together under one title, I played around with the concept again, and made a human male who was submissive become infected with the vampire virus. He was turning blind, and into a vampire. Yet he is still a sub. The title for the sequel is Leading The Blind. (They are published together as Blood Slave).

Really … I could go on and on …

Unfortunately, I do have problems coming up with stories to fit all of the titles I have come up with.

Such as …

Trouble or Nothing

Resurrecting Memories

Beyond the Dance

… and many more …

Because I tend to be fairly quirky about titles, I have been asked several times by friends for title suggestions.

Among these has been D Musgrave's:

Continuing Education

Sexual Healing
(for his series about a sexual surrogate psychiatrist)

Both of which you can find on Phaze

6 comments:

  1. Hi, Michelle,

    Okay...now I know who to come to see when I'm having title problems.

    I'm sure that the stories for the orphan titles will reveal themselves eventually.

    Best,
    Lisabet

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  2. Lisabet -- Indeed you do. : )

    Blurbs on the other hand, well, I struggle with them. So I might have to trade with you. I'll give you titles, you help me with blurbs. LOL

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  3. Michelle,

    Cool titles. It's good to know that someone is favoured by the title fairy :-)

    Best,

    Ash

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  4. Hi Michelle!

    I didn't know you wrote vampire novels. The idea of a virus is interesting.

    Garce

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  5. Ash -- Thanks. : ) I just wish I was favored by the blur fairy too. I have one I really need to write up and I am drawing a blnk. Complete blank slate.

    Kathleen -- Thanks! For the most part, I am very happy with the cover I have receieved.

    Garce -- Indeed I do. I dabble in just about anything that catchs my attention.

    Yeah, I love the virus concept. I needed something to make my ultra doms a little more vulnerable.

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